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Pair arrested in break-in at Santa Rosa store

Two men who are suspected in the burglary of a Santa Rosa business were arrested south of Petaluma early Friday morning in a stolen car, Santa Rosa police said.

Richard Eugene Smith, 34, of Martinez and Michael Cornell Knox, 54, of Oakland were stopped by a Petaluma police officer and later arrested by Santa Rosa police on suspicion of burglary and receiving stolen property.

At 4 a.m. Friday, Staples on Cleveland Avenue was burglarized after a window was smashed. Computers were stolen and suspects were seen driving away in a white SUV onto south Highway 101.

Shortly after the break-in, a Petaluma police officer, hearing a radio broadcast describing the vehicle, pulled over a white Toyota Highlander near the Redwood Landfill and Recycling Center south of Petaluma.

The officer saw stolen items from Staples in the vehicle, Santa Rosa police said in a news release. A check on the car found it had been stolen from a Concord Toyota dealership on Feb. 26.

Santa Rosa police took over the investigation and the two suspects were booked into county jail. Smith's bail was set at $20,000, and Knox's is $10,000, jail officials said.

Smith also is suspected in a burglary of Mead Clark Lumber on Dowd Drive. Items were stolen from that store early Thursday after a window was smashed. A newer, Toyota Highlander SUV was seen leaving the scene.


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