Two alert citizens spotted a man taking items from parked cars on the afternoon of March 8, in the 800 block of Marty Drive and gave chase.
The suspect eluded the pair by apparently hiding somewhere in the neighborhood. But his luck ran out after deputies arrived on scene and started searching a four-block area. The man, Bradley James Stavas, 26, of Glen Ellen, was spotted by deputies running across the front lawn at a residence and was promptly apprehended.
After witnesses identified Stavas, who was on searchable probation, deputies searched his residence and found items that other victims had reported as stolen. Deputies then made flyers with a list of items they found in the house and distributed them to neighborhood residents; several neighbors reclaimed their stolen property. Stavas was charged with felony possession of stolen property, felony possession of a controlled substance, felony possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and a felony probation violation. He was booked into the county jail.
In other incidents reported recently to Valley law enforcement:
Thursday, March 6: