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Police: Petaluma shoplifting arrests uncover possible burglary spree

Three men were arrested on suspicion of stealing from a Petaluma store Saturday during what appeared to be a burglary spree, Petaluma police said.

The men were wearing stolen clothing when they were pulled over Saturday with a carload of stolen items, some with the price tags still attached, Sgt. Marty Frye said.

Geoffrey Cambell, 25, of Santa Rosa was the getaway driver posted outside the Kohl's on N. McDowell Boulevard Saturday while Cody Benson, 25, of Rohnert Park and Jacob Allred, 21, of Cotati went inside, Frye said.

Store staff called police at 3:45 p.m. after they observed Benson and Allred slipping items into bags and hiding them under their clothes, Frye said.

The men left the store without paying and got into a car with Campbell and drove away, Frye said. Police followed the car as the group left the parking lot and stopped them close by.

"The car was packed" with stolen goods, including several hundred dollars' worth of items from Kohl's, Frye said.

Officers also found methamphetamine, prescription narcotics, a pipe, about two dozen hypodermic syringes and other drug paraphernalia as well as several kinds of wire cutters in the car, Frye said.

Officers also are investigating whether a checkbook and credit cards, which were not in their names, were stolen, Frye said.

Campbell was being held without bail at the Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of conspiracy, possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and hypodermic needles, as well as on two felony warrants for prior drug possession charges, Frye said.

Benson was being held without bail on suspicion of conspiracy, burglary, possession of methamphetamine as well as violating the terms of his probation and parole, Frye said.


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