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Pair in custody in suspected string of purse snatchings

A man suspected of snatching at least six purses in Sonoma County was in custody Tuesday and remained under investigation on suspicion of additional thefts, Sonoma County sheriff's officials said.

Joshua Lenzi, 25, who has addresses in Santa Rosa and Mill Valley, was being held on $15,000 bail at the Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of three counts of commercial burglary, two counts of grand theft, possession of stolen property, check forgery and identity theft, Sgt. Mike Raasch said.

Lenzi was first identified after he used his California ID card to cash a forged check that had been stolen along with a purse at an April 20 fundraising event at the Hanna Boys Center, Raasch said.

A credit card from the purse was used at a gas station in Vallejo and the attempt to cash a check was in Concord, Raasch said.

The next day, Lenzi is suspected of taking a woman's purse from her shopping cart at a Petaluma Lucky grocery store after she'd stepped away, Raasch said.


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