A 20-year-old Novato man was arrested Wednesday morning as a suspect in a residential burglary, and one other man believed to be an accomplice remained at large, police said Wednesday night.
A swarm of law enforcement vehicles took over a section of the San Marin neighborhood after a report of a home break-in in the 200 block of San Luis Way, Novato police Sgt. Dan Jenner said. When the first vehicles pulled up, two suspects fled the home, initiating a pursuit by officers who answered the call.
More than an hour later, Cody Joseph Lawson was arrested in the backyard of a home in the 300 block of San Luis Way at 11:46 a.m., according to the Marin County Jail booking log. He was in possession of stolen property that included home electronics, Jenner said.
An incident command post was set up near the homes and a few feet from two backpacks that were found on the street. Jenner said they were connected to the burglary suspects. Meanwhile, residents who inquired about the police activity were asked to remain in their homes.
The second suspect, only described as a male by Novato police, was the subject of an extensive search but eluded capture, Jenner said. Police monitored the area for about three hours after the emergency call.
Investigators are trying to identifying the owners of recovered stolen property to see if they can link the suspects to additional burglaries in the area and to identify the second suspect, Lt. Jennifer Welch said Thursday morning.
Lawson, who said he was unemployed when he was booked at Marin County Jail, faces felony charges of burglary and receiving stolen property plus misdemeanors of obstructing/resisting a police officer, trespassing and a probation violation.
Novato police were assisted on the case by the Marin County Sheriff's Department and the California Highway Patrol.