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Suspected Petaluma credit card thief turns himself in

A Petaluma theft suspect whose family apparently was tired of the notoriety after his photo was published in the news turned himself in Tuesday to police.

Andrew Lawrence Walker, 29, told police he was the man shown in photographs from a Petaluma Safeway surveillance camera.

Police released the photo Monday and asked the public for help identifying the man shown walking out of Safeway after trying to make a $1,000 purchase last week with a stolen credit card, Lt. Tim Lyons said.

"His family saw his picture online and the dad called, saying he was going to bring him in," Lyons said.

Walker admitted to stealing a wallet from inside a vehicle at Adobe Creek Golf Course and then trying to make a large purchase at the grocery store, Lyons said. The bank, suspicious of the large transaction, called the card owner, who then realized his card — and wallet — were missing.

Officers searched Walker's residence and found property from an apparent auto burglary which hadn't been reported, Lyons said. Investigators also found tools and tool boxes that police believe could have been stolen, he said.

Walker had previously been arrested Dec. 10 in Rohnert Park on a theft-related charge, Lyons said. He was booked in Sonoma County Jail on various theft charges.


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