Three arrested after Petaluma school lockdown in hunt for suspected thieves

A high-speed police pursuit that put a Petaluma elementary school on lockdown Friday afternoon resulted in the arrest of three suspects wanted in connection with a reported theft at a Windsor AT&T store.

The men were arrested within 20 minutes after a vehicle chase on Highway 101 that began about 1:35 p.m. and reached speeds of 100 mph, ending when the suspects bailed out of their vehicle near Petaluma's East Washington and Ellis streets, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office reported.

Arrested moments later on suspicion of burglary, vehicular evading and resisting arrest were Jack Fuller, 28; Rashaw Bailey, 31; and Leon Gray, 31, all from Oakland.

Bailey also was arrested on drug charges stemming from an existing Alameda County warrant.

Nearby McKinley Elementary School was locked down from approximately 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. while authorities searched for a possible fourth suspect.

Sheriff's Lt. Tim Duke said authorities were still investigating that possibility Friday evening, but that the initial report of a fourth suspect may have been in error.

Marin County law enforcement also were in contact with local authorities because the suspect vehicle Friday — a gold Audi sedan with dealer plates — matched the description of a vehicle used in a reported theft Tuesday from a Mill Valley AT&T store, Duke said.

Friday's pursuit was the second high-speed chase along Highway 101 in Sonoma County this week. The first, from Santa Rosa to Petaluma on Wednesday, reached speeds of 110 mph on Stony Point Road during the morning commute and ended with the gunpoint arrest of two suspects in an attempted burglary.

The Friday incident began with the reported theft of several smartphones by at least three men at the AT&T Cellular World store on Hembree Lane in Windsor, the sheriff's office reported.

A sheriff's deputy, responding to a description of the suspect vehicle, attempted a traffic stop on Highway 101 south of Santa Rosa, near Todd Road, but the vehicle failed to yield, Duke said.

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