The purpose of searchable probation is to give violators an opportunity to redeem themselves by abstaining from illegal activity. In the eyes of the law, of course, redemption requires verification. Which is why a condition of searchable probation is that the probationer may be searched by an officer of the law at anytime and anyplace, day or night.
That condition was apparently lost on a Sonoma resident living in the Moon Valley Mobile Home Park on Manuella Lane.
When police arrived at the mobile home in question at 10:28 a.m. on Oct. 10, the probationer did not appear to be present but her boyfriend was and assured them the young woman was away. An officer explained that didn’t matter, police still had the authority and obligation to search the premises.
The boyfriend objected, saying they couldn’t do that because his girlfriend was gone.
An officer nevertheless opened the door of a storage shed some three-feet away and there, crouching on the floor, was the missing woman. Police removed her from the shed and asked why she hadn’t come out when she heard them asking about her from three feet away. She explained she hadn’t heard them because of her headphones. Police then pointed out she wasn’t wearing headphones and there were none in the shed.