Petaluma home burglary suspect linked to car break-ins along Sonoma Coast

A Petaluma man arrested in the burglary of a neighbor's home is also suspected of stealing hidden car keys and burglarizing vehicles parked along the Sonoma County coast.

Kirk Tuft Johnson, 52, was arrested Thursday after a neighbor identified him from a store's surveillance videos where stolen credit cards were used. He was booked into the Sonoma County Jail for residential burglary, possession of stolen property and unlawful use of credit cards.

Johnson was released on bail the same day, a jail spokesman said.

Petaluma police said the neighbor reported the burglary on Jan. 20, alleging that computers, jewelry and credit cards were taken. The neighbor subsequently noticed unauthorized activity on the credit cards.

A CHP officer assigned to collaborate on the case obtained a video taken at locations where the credit cards were used, and the victim identified Johnson as a neighbor.

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