Police Arrest Suspected Residential Burglar Who'd Eluded Them Since December

Shawn Buckley, 18, had been linked to burglaries in the San Marin neighborhood on Dec. 19 and had been sought ever since, police said.

A Novato man was arrested Saturday in connection with three burglaries that occurred in December after he was recognized by an off-duty officer, according to police.

Novato resident Shawn Buckley, 18, had been linked to burglaries in the San Marin neighborhood on Dec. 19 and had been sought by police ever since, according to Novato Police Sgt. Mike Howard. His alleged cohort, Cody Lawson, 20, of Novato was arrested a few hours after the first call in December about a home break-in on San Luis Way.

The burglaries were reported around 10:45 p.m. on Dec. 19, 2012, when a caller reported a burglary in the 200 block of San Luis Way, according to police.

Two subjects were seen fleeing the area and Lawson was eventually caught and arrested as police and other law enforcement officers swarmed the San Marin area. Buckley escaped capture.

Investigators determined that two other homes in the area had also been burglarized, and Lawson and Buckley were linked to all three, police said.

Buckley was spotted by an off-duty police officer near Costco at 300 Vintage Way at about 1:20 p.m. Saturday. He was arrested by patrol officers on suspicion of felony burglary and booked into Marin County Jail. 

Buckley, who was arrested in May 2012 on suspicion of robbery and resisting arrest, remains in custody on $100,000 bail.

— Bay City News Service contributed to this report. Copyright © 2013 by Bay City News, Inc. -- Republication, Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.

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NovatoGuy February 03, 2013 at 05:31 PM
This guy is such a loser. His mama and daddy must be so proud.
weedtokes February 04, 2013 at 02:17 PM
Buckleys a smart kid .hopefully he comes out with a different mentality .i wish the best for him
4thgenerationnovatonative February 04, 2013 at 06:40 PM
NovatoGuy You have NO IDEA what devestation this has caused Shawn's family and no idea of who Shawn really is ~ in his core. Your santimonous statement about his character and your comment about his parents is so wrong on so many levels. Shawn is a really good kid with a really big heart who happend to have taken a wrong turn when life got too painful and too hard and made some really bad decisions. Those of us who know and love him pray he will come out the other side of this remembering who he really is, not who he thinks he needs to be in order to survive in such a mean spirited community. The truth is it's hard to grow up poor in Marin County, having to live every day with the moral judgements (as evidenced by your statement) placed on you simply because you are poor. Shawn is NOT a loser, just lost. And to answer your question regarding his mother... yes. She is proud of her son, not his behavior, but of the young man she knows he is and can be again. I wonder if your glass house can stand up to the stone throwing? I would like to remind you, and all who think like you, that we have all made decisions and choices in our lives that we are not proud of. And most of us learn from those mistakes and come out better for it. Any skeletons of your own Mr NovatoGuy? I would respectfully ask you to think on that.
NovatoGuy February 04, 2013 at 07:18 PM
Wow, I'm sure the people who this loser ripped off will be comforted by knowing you thing he's a great guy. I know what it feels like to have my house broken into and to be ripped off. And I can tell you that it is a horrible feeling, and it is a complete violation. That someone breaks in MY HOUSE (which I have worked hard for) and roams around, stealing MY THINGS? Perhaps things of a sentimental value? If he has such a "big heart" he shouldn't be breaking into other people's houses and stealing their thing, and violating them. What you said about being poor is total BS. You have no idea how I grew up and I can assure you that being poor is one thing, and being a criminal and breaking into other people's homes is another. This poor, lost buddy of yours is taking something from other people that he can never repay.. Their sense of security and safety and well being. Think on that, Novato Native. Maybe someone will break into YOUR HOUSE and you can offer the loser cookies and sing "kumbaya" with him and heck, maybe you can even bail him out. I think those that grew up poor, as you say, and make something of ourselves, without ripping other people off are the REAL "good kids" This guy is a good kid? Let's find out: will be apologize, and make good on what he took? How will he repay the people he ripped off? The next time he's out on Parole, will he rip someone off YET AGAIN? How many chances does he deserve?!
4thgenerationnovatonative February 04, 2013 at 08:18 PM
I knew you wouldn't get it. Don't know why I bothered. My comment was not about absolving Shawn of his actions, because we don't. My comment was about YOUR behavior and attitude sir. To call him a loser without knowing anything about him other than this one snapshot, and demeaning his parents in the process is the BS, not my statement on being poor. You are living proof of my position. You are right that I don't know how you grew up but given your hostility and self riteous arrogance, I can only assume that it lacked something. How many chances does anyone deserve? Certainly a lot more than you and your ilk belive in. I am so happy that you are perfect you feel comfortable throwing stones, should I call you Jesus? Because he is the only one I know of that can actually walk on water. I will pray for you along with Shawn that you both find a way to live with true integrity going forward. Soemtimes words speak louder than actions.
Erin February 04, 2013 at 08:34 PM
Novato Guy, I stand by your comments 100 percent. I for one personally know Shawn and he is malicious and just mean. Growing up poor is irrelevant and it angers me that you would try and pull this. There is no excuse for behavior such as this. I grew up in the projects, on food stamps, living off rotting food to fight the hunger pains, having nothing but gross clothes to wear, witnessed a man shot point blank to his face. It was very hard don't get me wrong but never had I even attempted to do things such as he has done. Since then I have been in College, with a great job that I love and NOT breaking into peoples homes. I did this all by myself, I worked hard and I'll be damned if someone like this reprehensible person tries to take that from me by breaking into MY home. So 4thgen stop with your crying BS because we have no sympathy for people that do things like this, your justification is horrible my friend.
NovatoGuy February 04, 2013 at 08:41 PM
Thanks Erin. In my view people like 4thGeneration are losers too, because they enable folks like Shawn to do what they do. To never accept responsibility for what they do to other people. And props to you Erin for what you've accomplished.
Erin February 04, 2013 at 08:42 PM
4thgen please stop with your "Holier-than-thou" attitude, you call him self righteous, yet look at your statements you're making to him. Leave religion out of this, not everyone believes in that made-up garbage.
4thgenerationnovatonative February 04, 2013 at 08:46 PM
Well good. for. you. Erin. But I stand firm and again cry BS. You don't know Shawn. If you did you wouldn't describe him as malicious and mean. You just proved my point about hypocrites. Thank you. ps. I am NOT your friend, and never would be. My integrity wouldn't allow. I will add you to my prayer list however
Erin February 04, 2013 at 08:52 PM
Please save your prayers and seek knowledge instead, because your grammar and justifications for reprehensible behavior is laughable. As a matter of fact I do know him and his tendencies to be malicious. I believe the other week I saw him outside of Safeway with his friends yelling obscenities to people, so yes you in fact are doing nothing but driving MY point home,thank you.
Bubbasixpack February 04, 2013 at 09:34 PM
Wow! Let's just give this kid the Nobel. It sounds like he's got the votes. Where were all of his supporters when he was coming home every day with armloads of loot?
Bubbasixpack February 04, 2013 at 09:45 PM
This guy looks like a girl. That'll do him good in the prison shower. He'll come out named Shauna and have a whole new career.
NovatoGuy February 04, 2013 at 10:50 PM
These holy roller hypocrites like 4thgenerationnovatonative are some of the worst people there are. They spout off this religious BS and somehow try to justify the actions of their loser friends/releatives. I'm not talking about REAL, devoted followers. I'm talking about trash like 4thgenerationnovatonative and Shawn. Self-proclaimed bible-thumping hypocrites is what they are. Pure, utter scum!
NovatoGuy February 04, 2013 at 10:52 PM
Of course they were, Erin. This shawn loser is pure filth. I'm not suprised. I'm wondering if they'll tear him a new one in jail.
.0 February 08, 2013 at 01:59 AM
Novatoguy I don't like you. because on every arrest that comes on the news you have to comment talking shit. You're pathetic mr "I'm so innocent". But I'm not on Shawn's side either, if this skinny-yellow teeth idiot were to break into my house I would of man handled him.
Bubbasixpack February 08, 2013 at 03:23 AM
To .0 (must be your IQ), I caught the ending of your last post that you deleted, before you deleted it. It comes as an e-mail to all who post. It said "once again when he was attending that he was attending that delinquent scho in Hamilton." right after "man handled him". You just outed yourself as a classmate of this loser at Loser High. Maybe you'll be roommates in prison. Meanwhile, he'll be looking for a rematch when he makes bail.
NovatoGuy February 08, 2013 at 05:03 AM
.0 I don't like you or your criminal kind either. Who does? Maybe other criminals?
NovatoGuy February 08, 2013 at 05:05 PM
By the way, the IJ is reporting that his buddy, Cody Lawson is going to prison! Love it! Hoping Buckley will be going to prison too. :) Here is the article: http://www.marinij.com/novato/ci_22535900/novato-burglary-suspect-takes-second-plea-deal-this
Bubbasixpack February 08, 2013 at 05:50 PM
Great news! These continuation high schools keep pumping out prison bound dirtbags. Their sole purpose is to keep the other kids in the real schools safe. By the way- have you ever met a guy named Cody who finished high school?
NovatoGuy February 08, 2013 at 09:29 PM
@Bubbasixpack, yeah the only thing is I wish he was sentenced to more years. I wonder how much of his term he'll serve before parole What I don't get is why the DA's office would even want to plea bargain and let this guy off so easy. I have zero doubt that when this loser gets out, he'll do it again. And his buddy Buckley too. Both these guys seem like such scumbags.


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