Police nab suspect in string of purse thefts

February 27, 2012 by  

On February 19, Law enforcement officers in San Rafael, Calif. Responded to a report of a suspicious male at the Whole Foods Market on Third Street. The caller recognized the man and believed he was responsible for a purse theft that happened in the store a few days earlier. By the time police arrived, the suspect had fled the scene, but the quick-thinking witnesses managed to obtain the man’s license plate number.

Police officers spoke to witnesses at the scene and reviewed footage from the store’s surveillance cameras; they concluded that the man was indeed the primary suspect for a purse theft on Feb. 15, 2012. Police did not, however, know where to locate the suspect and may have been considering the use of flyer printing services to distribute the suspect’s description.

At about 9:00 p.m. on February 19, the San Rafael Police Department was informed that Police officers in Novato were investigating a similar theft that took place in a Safeway store. The suspect in this case matched the description of the suspect from the Whole Foods Market in San Rafael, and a bit of digging uncovered a misdemeanor warrant for the suspect, identified as 30-year-old Jason Velasquez, out of Sonoma County.

This was the fall of the first domino, and after that happens, it never takes long for the rest to fall along with it. Velasquez was spotted around midnight in his automobile at a Gas and Shop in southern Sonoma County; he was reportedly arrested and charged with possession of narcotics, burglary, possession of stolen property and bench warrant.