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.
Weissenberger was booked in connection with two felonies and two misdemeanors in connection with that case and later released.
On Monday, she was arrested again on suspicion of receiving stolen property, a felony, police arrest logs show.
In that case, officers were called to Planet Beach spa on D Street, where clerks had reported Weissenberger had visited several times and tried to receive free services or merchandise she hadn't paid for. They said two paintings and a set of keys were missing from the walls after Weissenberger had left after a prior visit.
When police arrived on Monday afternoon, Weissenberger told them she hadn't stolen anything, Lyons said.
"She consented for a search of her property, where they located two metallic art prints," Lyons said. He said the spa owner identified the prints as the paintings stolen a few days earlier.
When officers questioned her, Weissenberger said: "I don't know how they got there," Lyons said.
Weissenberger was booked and released. She remains out of custody.
Prosecutors said additional charges, apparently related to the credit cards, are expected to be filed next week.
Police sent downtown Petaluma merchants Weissenberger's photo after word began to spread about potential scammers working the area, Lyons said.
(You can reach Staff Writer Lori A. Carter at 762-7297 or email@example.com.)
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