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Attempted burglaries suspected at two Petaluma businesses

Two Petaluma businesses were damaged early Wednesday morning in apparent burglary attempts that left a door smoldering at one business and windows shattered at another.

Police, along with the fire department, were called to DeCarli's Petaluma Butane Distributors on Wilson Street at 12:30 a.m. for a report of a smoldering front door. The fire was out by the time they arrived, extinguished by someone associated with the business who had responded to a fire alarm.

It appeared that someone had tried to get into the business by burning the area around the lock on the metal door, possibly using a device like a blowtorch.

Police Lt. Tim Lyons called the attempted burglary method "unusual" and said he couldn't recall any similar incidents.

As officers were leaving DeCarli's at about 1:30 a.m., they heard another alarm coming from M. Maselli & Sons hardware store and salvage yard about one block away. Officers found the front windows of the building had been broken but could not find anyone on the scene.

Police asked that anyone with information about the crimes call Officer Robert Barnes at 778-4372.

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