Thousands of dollars in stolen coins, a suspicious truck parked along a Sonoma street at midnight and an investigation into recent home burglaries have all merged, resulting in the arrest of a Eureka man and a Sonoma teen, Sonoma County sheriff's officials reported Monday.
Detectives found stolen property and three pounds of processed marijuana in the Sonoma Valley bedroom of the 17-year-old, reported sheriff's Sgt. Mike Raasch.
Harley Adkins, 28, is suspected of at least three recent burglaries, in Sonoma, Glen Ellen and Santa Rosa.
Adkins is reportedly a family friend of the teen and recently had been staying with the family, Sonoma police Sgt. Dave Thompson said.
One of the burglaries occurred the afternoon of Feb. 18 at a Sonoma home on West MacArthur Street.
The burglar got in through the bathroom window, while residents were gone on the Presidents Day holiday.
Items taken included about $5,000 in collectible coins. They were packed inside two of the residents' suitcases.
A large black truck was seen outside of the home. Someone was seen carrying two suitcases to the truck.
Thursday at almost midnight, a patrolling Sonoma County sheriff's deputy spotted a large black truck and a man along Fifth Street West.
The driver was Adkins. He was wanted on $250,000 in arrest warrants from Tehama County involving transportation of drugs and failing to go to court, reported property crime, Sgt. Mike Raasch said.
Inside the truck were two suitcases and empty coin cases. There also were passports and other items, apparently taken from a Trinity Road home on Feb. 20, Thompson said.
Adkins was arrested on the warrants and on suspicion of possessing stolen property.
A business card in Adkins' possession led detectives to a Santa Rosa coin shop where he'd gone three days in a row, starting Feb. 18, to sell coins and jewelry, Thompson said.
Suspicious, the shop owner gathered information and called law enforcement.
Surveillance video at the store showed a second person with Adkins, identified as the teen. The teen was pictured carrying stolen items to the store on at least two different days to sell, Raasch said.
The teen was arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen property and marijuana for sale. He was booked into the county's juvenile hall.
Adkins facesg three counts of first-degree residential burglary and three counts of commercial burglary, for allegedly selling the stolen coins to the shop.
His bail was set at $460,000, including the Tehama County warrants.
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