Vehicle theft suspect arrested after foot pursuit in Coddingtown Mall

The "Follow This Story" feature will notify you when any articles related to this story are posted.

When you follow a story, the next time a related article is published — it could be days, weeks or months — you'll receive an email informing you of the update.

If you no longer want to follow a story, click the "Unfollow" link on that story. There's also an "Unfollow" link in every email notification we send you.

This tool is available only to subscribers; please make sure you're logged in if you want to follow a story.

Please note: This feature is available only to subscribers; make sure you're logged in if you want to follow a story.


A 37-year-old man suspected of stealing a van in Santa Rosa last week was arrested Monday afternoon after police officers chased him through Coddingtown Mall.

On Sept. 24, a 1998 Dodge full-size van was reported stolen from a residence on Stony Point Road south of Sebastopol Road, said Sgt. David Linscomb of the Santa Rosa Police Department. An off-duty detective spotted the stolen vehicle near Guerneville Road and North Dutton Avenue at 1:45 p.m. Monday. Officers followed the vehicle to Coddingtown Mall, where the driver parked and then ran inside.

Officers pursued and eventually tackled the suspect, identified as Scott Main, in the mall’s main corridor. As Main ran through the mall, he collided with a 38-year-old man who tried to intervene. The man suffered a serious leg injury for which he was transported to the hospital, Linscomb said.

The two police officers and Main sustained some minor injuries during the pursuit, but didn’t require hospital treatment.

Main, who is homeless, was booked into Sonoma County Jail on charges of vehicle theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, obstructing or resisting a peace officer and battery with serious bodily injury.

You can reach Staff Writer Chantelle Lee at 707-521-5337 or On Twitter @ChantelleHLee.

Please read our commenting policy
  • No profanity, abuse, racism or hate speech
  • No personal attacks on other commenters
  • No spam or off-topic posts
  • Comments including URLs and media may be held for moderation
Send a letter to the editor
*** The system is currently unable to accept new posts (we're working on it) ***

Our Network

Sonoma Index-Tribune
Petaluma Argus Courier
North Bay Business Journal
Sonoma Magazine
Bite Club Eats
La Prensa Sonoma
Emerald Report
Spirited Magazine