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Suspected serial burglar nabbed after Marin County search

An extensive manhunt in the Tomales area for a suspected serial burglar ended late Monday when Marin County deputies caught the man.

Tyrone Brennen, 27, was spotted walking near Tomales-Petaluma and Chileno Valley roads by a deputy patrolling the area, Marin County sheriff's officials said.

Brennen was "wet and dirty" after having apparently spent the day hiding in the rural area from a dragnet of on-foot personnel, off-road vehicles and searchers in the air, Sonoma County Sheriff's Sgt. Mike Raasch said.

Detectives believe Brennen has been on a one-man crime wave in recent weeks involving at least seven business burglaries in Sonoma County and three in Marin County, according to Raasch.

The manhunt started at about 4 a.m. Monday after deputies discovered Diekmann's Bay store in Bodega Bay had been burglarized.

Sonoma deputies, believing the crime was the work of the serial burglar they'd been trying to catch, alerted Marin County authorities that the burglar could be headed their way down the coast.

Marin deputies spotted his car outside Diekmann's market in the West Marin community of Tomales.

They apparently interrupted the man as he was attempting to commit a burglary there, Marin County sheriff's officials said.

The man escaped the arriving deputies and hid in the Tomales area. The two counties launched a search involving a helicopter, motorcycles, ATVs, and four-wheel-drive vehicles.

At about 11:15 p.m., he showed up on a roadway about five miles east of Tomales.


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