A burglar alarm sounding before dawn Wednesday at Friedman’s Home Improvement store in Sonoma brought sheriff’s deputies to the site in two minutes but the fast-moving burglar had already run into the neighborhood carrying cordless drills.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Cecile Focha said the alarm went off at 4:09 a.m. at the Broadway store.
Deputies in the area were able to get there quickly and found the burglar gone already, she said. He’d apparently pried open a door to get inside.
Initial information was an adult male was seen leaving the store, a black baseball cap on his head and Dewalt cordless drills in his arms.
Deputies were looking for the man and pulling surveillance video from the store to help with the investigation, Focha said.
Shelters for Pawnee fire evacuees
Lower Lake High School, 9430 Lake St., Lower Lake, is the official shelter established for people evacuating from the Pawnee fire. It is equipped to handle animals.
The Clearlake Oaks Moose Lodge, 15900 E. Highway 20, Clearlake Oaks, is not authorized by the Office of Emergency Services but is also sheltering fire evacuees, mostly people in campers and RVs who want their animals with them.
There is an authorized Lake County animal services station in an open field at Highway 53 and Anderson Ridge Road in Lower Lake.