1 Arrested, 1 At Large After San Marin Home Burglary

Suspect was found in a backyard, but another man got away, police said.

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.

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NovatoGuy December 20, 2012 at 06:31 PM
So he was on probabation when he did this? I really, really hope he goes to jail this time. And who is paying this loser's bail anyway? Who is enabling this person? Why isn't he rotting in jail?
Flees December 21, 2012 at 12:54 AM
He's on probation for breaking into MY house. Now I can't leave my house without having complete anxiety and it looks like he only got a slap on the wrist, only to be released to do it again. So disappointing.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr December 21, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Bleeding heart leftist legislators and activist judges. Recidivism is a lifelong career. It is not my fault, I was formula fed. Why do you think the people of California created a three-strikes law, because the legislators refused to do so. There will never be a consequence for the probation violation. Probation is a get-out-of-jail free card.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr December 21, 2012 at 04:06 AM
... and again, and again, and again. Burglary is a felony. If it had been prosecuted as a felon instead of plea bargained to a misdemeanor he would have been serving a life sentence since 5-3-12. What does DA Ed Berberian have to say for this situation. Oh, you will never hear from him...unless you are arrested after criticizing him. I know.
Craig Knowlton December 21, 2012 at 05:41 AM
Given the facts in the article, the link I provided is the same person, irrefutable. And it's called libel when you write it, rather than slander when it is spoken.


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