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Bail raised for North Coast burglary suspect

An Oakland man suspected of being the neatly dressed, bespectacled burglar in a white BMW who successfully broke into several Sonoma County markets now is in custody in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Tyrone Brennen, 27, initially was held on $40,000, then $100,000 and now is at a half-million dollars bail.

Detectives and prosecutors sought higher bail, fearing Brennen would get out of jail, disappear and continue his crime wave, said sheriff's Sgt. Mike Raasch.

Starting in August, Brennen is suspected of successfully breaking into small stores from Cloverdale to Bodega Bay, stealing tens of thousands of dollars.

Surveillance tapes at four burglaries show a man identified as Brennen, said Raasch.

An unusual method of breaking into the stores also helped detectives follow a path that led to the prolific burglar, he said.

He would remove entire glass doors, sometimes disarm alarms and then use a power tool to bore into safes, said Raasch.

Brennen currently is facing four felony charges, but detectives will ask the court to file at least three more burglary counts against him.

The unemployed man is a suspect in three Marin County business burglaries, according to sheriff's officials in that county.

Sonoma detectives also are asking neighboring counties to check for similar crimes and determine whether Brennen could be a suspect, Raasch said.

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