SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) – A Santa Rosa couple was arrested Thursday on suspicion of stealing credit cards from staff members at eight different elementary schools in Sonoma County, a Santa Rosa police sergeant said.
The thefts of purses and wallets, most of them belonging to teachers, were from vacant classrooms during school hours since early November. They were reported to Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park police and the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Marcus Sprague said.READ MORE: UPDATE: Suspect In Walnut Creek Nordstrom Smash-And-Grab Released
Susan Patricia Morris, 47, and Jeffrey Scott Haysbert, 49, who have a dating relationship and children in one of the schools, allegedly used the stolen credit cards at businesses in Sonoma County, Sprague said.
Police used surveillance camera video of the fraudulent purchases and the thefts from the schools to identify Morris and Haysbert as the suspects, Sprague said. When photos of the suspects were posted on social media sites, detectives immediately began receiving phone calls with possible suspect information.
Santa Rosa police detectives got a warrant to search Morris’s and Haysbert’s vehicles and their residence Thursday. Police found stolen credit cards and the purchases, including high-end electronics, which were made with them, Sprague said.READ MORE: UPDATE: Oakland Police Release Photo of Suspect Vehicle in Lake Merritt Fatal Shooting
Detectives found additional credit cards and personal information belonging to other possible victims, and Morris and Haysbert were arrested and questioned at the Santa Rosa Police Department, Sprague said.
Morris was booked under $40,000 bail in the Sonoma County Jail on seven felony and three misdemeanor counts that include burglary, identity theft and conspiracy.
Haysbert was booked under $30,000 bail on six felony and three misdemeanor counts of burglary, identity theft and conspiracy. Both are scheduled to be arraigned in Sonoma County Superior Court Monday afternoon.
Sprague said additional charges are pending a follow-up investigation by the sheriff’s office, the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety and Santa Rosa and Petaluma police.MORE NEWS: COVID Omicron Variant: CDC Expands Surveillance To San Francisco International Airport
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