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Glen Ellen burglary suspect nabbed after chase

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A suspect has been arrested in connection with a rash of vehicle burglaries in Glen Ellen at the end of May.

One weekend at the end of May, someone stole items from more than 20 unlocked vehicles parked in driveways on Trinity Road, Sylvia Drive and Bonnie Drive in Glen Ellen, and tried to steal a truck from a residence on Trinity Road, but crashed before he reached the street.

Wednesday, after a chase near Forestville, deputies arrested a suspect in the thefts, Zachary Joseph Mayers, 23, from Santa Rosa.

Sgt. Mike Raasch, with the Sheriff’s Property Crimes Unit, said Mayers was linked through physical evidence and possession of stolen property to a residential burglary, stolen vehicle, hit-and-run, vehicle tampering and possession of stolen property from the cases in the Glen Ellen area.

Raasch said an arrest warrant was issued for Mayers on Oct. 17.

Mayers was previously arrested on June 9, by the Santa Rosa Police Department for possessing a stolen vehicle and being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition. Mayers’ court records reflect that he plead guilty to possessing a stolen vehicle and possessing ammunition by a convicted felon. Mayers was sentenced to prison for more than 5-1/2 years, but the sentence was suspended and he was released to rehab probation on Sept. 24.

Raasch said Mayers was sent to Delancey Street, however, he walked away soon after his arrival there and the probation department obtained a no-bail warrant for Mayers’ arrest. Raasch said Mayers was a wanted felon who is a prolific car thief.

On Wednesday, Mayers was spotted in a stolen vehicle on River Road and a pursuit ensued. Raasch said Mayers drove with wanton disregard for public safety but was eventually captured after a short foot pursuit.

He said Mayers was in possession of methamphetamine, possession of stolen property, and driving on a suspended license.

Mayers was booked at the county jail for his outstanding warrants in addition to felony theft of a vehicle, felony possession of a stolen vehicle, felony possession of a controlled substance and felony evading a peace officer with wanton regard. Mayers was linked to another stolen vehicle in the Windsor area. Mayers has a no-bail hold due to his probation violation.