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Sonoma police news: Suspect held on $25,000 bail and more

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Friday the 13th turned out to be an unlucky day for a 31-year-old Sonoma man as he was caught riding a stolen bicycle and received a chauffeured ride to the county jail.

On Friday, April 13, deputies were called to the Haven, a homeless shelter across the parking lot from police department, to take a report of a stolen bike. One of the people at the shelter had his $2,500 bicycle stolen.

While one deputy was taking the report, a second deputy decided to go out and see if he could find the purloined bike.

As he was waiting to pull out of the driveway at the police station, a man on a bicycle pedaled across in front of the deputy. It was the bicycle the deputy was trying to find.

The deputy contacted the bicyclist, Morgan A. Plumere, 31, of Sonoma, and arrested him on charges of felony receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia and a probation violation. He’s being held in county jail on $25,000 bail.

In other incidents reported recently to Valley law enforcement:

Wednesday, March 28:

6:50 p.m. – A 17-year-old boy was charged with felony sexual battery and two counts of touching a person intimately after he reportedly groped a female acquaintance through her clothing at Sonoma Valley High. He was transported to juvenile hall.

8:55 p.m. – Deputies were called to the vicinity of Highway 12 and Calle Del Monte for a report of a man down. When deputies arrived, they found a highly intoxicated male who was otherwise OK. The man is on probation with a no alcohol clause, so they were going to arrest him for a probation violation. But the man thought otherwise and decided to run, which is not a good idea when one is highly intoxicated. It only took deputies about five steps to catch up with the intoxicant. So instead of just a probation violation, deputies added charges of resisting arrest and transported the 24-year-old Springs resident to jail.

Thursday, March 29:

5:34 a.m. - Deputies were sent to a residence in the 1500 block of Marty Drive in Glen Ellen for a domestic disturbance. A boyfriend and girlfriend were involved in an argument. The boyfriend, who had been drinking, reportedly spit in the victim’s face, and when she tried to call 911, he grabbed her cellphone away from her, and left the residence. The victim downloaded an app on her iPad to call 911. When deputies arrived, they tracked the phone down and found it on the suspect who was hiding near some dumpsters. Deputies arrested Brian Ross Webber, 33, of Sonoma, on charges of felony robbery, domestic violence battery and damaging a wireless device. Webber was transported to county jail.

Saturday, March 31:

Noon: While deputies were wrapping up an arrest in the 18300 block of Sierra Drive, they heard some arguing and decided to see what was going on. A boyfriend-girlfriend argument had turned physical and he reportedly pushed his girlfriend. Deputies noticed that she had visible injuries and arrested Joseph Wolfenden, 23, of Sonoma, on charges of felony domestic violence assault and a probation violation. He received a chauffeured ride to the county jail.

Sunday, April 1:

4:39 p.m. – A resident in the 800 block of Fifth Street East reported that sometime overnight, two Trek bikes and a helmet were taken from an unlocked garage. One was a men’s bike valued at $3,000, the child’s bike was valued at $500 and the helmet at $50.

Wednesday, April 4:

8:54 a.m. – A resident in the 4900 block of Warm Springs Road reported that sometime overnight, someone broke a window in the front door and stole some jewelry, medication and contractor’s tools.

Tuesday, April 10:

12:56 p.m. – Deputies were sent to an AT&T cell tower site in the 3000 block of Highway 37. Someone had broken in to the facility and stole a dozen back-up batteries for the cell tower. At $500 a battery, the loss was $6,000.

Wednesday, April 11:

2:11 p.m. – A resident on Denmark Street reported that sometime between April 1 and April 2, someone had entered their unlocked garage and stole a bicycle worth $500.

2:12 p.m. A 12-year-old student at Adele Harrison Middle School was found to be in possession of a vape device that was used for smoking THC oil. The boy was cited for possession of marijuana on school grounds.

6:17 p.m. – While on patrol on the Verano Bridge, a deputy spotted a frequent flier whom he knew had active warrants. He contacted the man and during a search, the deputy found a 1.4 ounce canister of pepper spray. Since the man is a convicted felon, he is prohibited from possessing pepper spray. The deputy arrested Dustin Roat, 36, of Santa Rosa, on charges of felony felon in possession of tear gas and the four outstanding warrants, and transported him to jail.

Friday, April 13:

2:34 p.m. – Employees of Sonoma Market notified the police that the day before, a 15-year-old male juvenile had shoplifted three bottles of Hennessy Cognac, valued at $39.95 each. After identifying the juvenile, the teen was cited for shoplifting. Police recovered one bottle of the purloined cognac.

4:58 p.m. – A resident of the 400 block of Rosalie Drive reported that he received a letter from a collection agency where someone apparently used his Social Security number to open a Sprint account and he was now $886 in arrears.