Petaluma woman suspected in multiple theft cases

A Petaluma woman is facing multiple theft-related charges in connection with four incidents since late November involving several businesses in Petaluma.

Jennifer Weissenberger, 40, has been arrested or ticketed by police four times since Nov. 24, when she was cited twice within an hour, police said.

She appeared in Sonoma County Superior Court Friday on two misdemeanor charges. Additional charges may be filed next week, prosecutors said. Her attorney couldn't be reached late Friday.

Petaluma Police Lt. Tim Lyons said Weissenberger was cited twice on Nov. 24 in connection with two incidents in a shopping center not far from her northeast Petaluma home.

At 9:45 a.m., she was detained in the G&G Market shopping center on Sonoma Mountain Parkway on suspicion of shoplifting $156 worth of merchandise including greeting cards and decorative items from the supermarket, Lyons said.

While talking with her, officers noticed a large amount of items from Starbucks, he said.

Police believe earlier that morning she stole $89 worth of merchandise from the coffee shop, which is across the parking lot from G&G.

Three days later, she was arrested after a downtown Petaluma merchant reported a "suspicious person" who had purchased $100 in ceramics at B Street Mercantile using a fraudulent credit card, Lyons said.

The shop owner told police Weissenberger had bags from Athletic Soles, another shop in downtown Petaluma. That shop owner told police Weissenberger had paid for merchandise there with six crisp $100 bills, which raised suspicions.

When she was arrested in connection with the B Street incident, "officers found six credit cards that didn't belong to her and some other identification with a different person's name on it," Lyons said.

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