A Santa Rosa man on suspicion of stealing wallets from two women’s handbags in a Healdsburg Safeway and using their credit cards to make purchases escaped police after a foot chase Monday before to be arrested on Tuesday, authorities said.
Healdsburg Police Department arrested Maxwell Krohn, 31, in connection with the thefts, Sgt. said John Haviland. He surrendered to authorities around 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Krohn faces charges of burglary, theft, fraud and resisting arrest, according to Sonoma County Jail records. He is being held at the Sonoma County Main Adult Detention Center in Santa Rosa.
Police accuse Krohn of charging “several thousand dollars worth of purchases” on credit cards he is suspected of stealing from women’s handbags, Haviland said.
The first report of a safeway wallet theft on Vine Street arrived on May 24. Krohn is suspected of reaching into the purse of a woman, who was sitting in a shopping cart, and pulling out a wallet while the woman was not looking, Haviland mentioned.
A credit card from the stolen wallet was used to pay for items at Garrett Ace Hardware on Healdsburg Avenue, among other purchases, Haviland said.
Police showed surveillance footage from Safeway to hardware store staff last week and asked employees to alert authorities if they saw the suspect, Haviland said.
A second theft at the Safeway was reported on June 14.
Police said the same man grabbed a wallet from another woman’s purse, which was in a shopping cart, while the woman was not looking. He took his credit cards and left the wallet inside the store, Haviland said.
He then purchased a number of items in Santa Rosa using the cards, Haviland said.
Garrett’s staff told police on Monday that the man from the previous incident was inside the hardware store, according to Haviland.
Police arrested Krohn and got his name before he fled.
“One of our officers came out and started talking to him, and as soon as he did, the suspect ran away,” Haviland said. “We had him within a block or two and set up a perimeter, but he had to come out of our perimeter.”
Healdsburg Police are in discussions with other law enforcement agencies in Sonoma County to determine if similar thefts have taken place elsewhere, Haviland said.
He said Healdsburg police did not know Krohn, but learned that he had already been convicted of burglary several years ago in Solano County.
Editor Colin Atagi contributed to this report. You can contact editor Matt Pera at [email protected] On Twitter @Matt__Pera.