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Two Arrested With Burglary Supplies: Gloves, Lock Picker, Bolt Cutters, Pry Bar, Shaved Keys

Convicted felons arrested after deputy sees them acting suspiciously on Lucas Valley Road near the Skywalker Ranch.

By Bay City News Service — A Marin County Sheriff's deputy arrested two people on parole violation charges after they were found with burglary supplies and stolen items in the Nicasio area on Saturday night, a sheriff's lieutenant said.

The deputy was patrolling Lucas Valley Road in unincorporated Nicasio, southwest of Novato, near filmmaker George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch,  after 10 p.m. when he noticed a white Chevrolet truck in the area, Lt. Doug Pittman said.

The deputy saw two people in the vehicle acting suspiciously and monitored the pair as they drove along the street, Pittman said. The truck's driver was avoiding the deputy by stopping along the road, driving slowly and at one point driving on a private driveway, he said. The deputy eventually located the pair in the 7300 block of Lucas Valley Road and approached them in the car, Pittman said. 

The driver, identified as 31-year-old Daniel Allen Coats, denied having any flashlights although the deputy saw them under his legs, he said. Coats is a convicted felon on parole from Turlock with a history of burglary and drug related offenses from Stanislaus County, Pittman said.

The passenger was identified as 30-year-old Heather Victoria Salen who is on parole for burglary and theft related offenses also out of Stanislaus County, he said. Deputies searched the truck and found many tools used for burglaries including gloves, a lock picking kit, bolt cutters, a pry bar, shaved keys and a set of two-way radios, according to Pittman.

Authorities also found ammunition, which is illegal for convicted felons to possess, he said. Deputies recovered tools and purses found with broken glass consistent with those stolen from locked cars, Pittman said. Electronic and computer equipment including cell phones and iPads were also found in the truck, he said.

Coats and Salen were arrested for parole violation, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, possession of burglary tools and possession of stolen property. They were booked into Marin County Jail without bail.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Marin County Sheriff's Investigations Unit at (415) 473-7265 or Bay Area Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477 (TIPS).
Bob January 21, 2014 at 09:57 AM
At 10:00 PM Lucas Valley Rd., in the Nicasio area, is a very dark and lonely place. It takes a special person to be a law enforcement officer that will make a traffic stop on a suspicious vehicle with 2 occupants at a location like that. I am thankful that there are folks that will do this job.
Al Nymous January 21, 2014 at 04:40 PM
Is it illegal to have a flashlight?? Good job getting these guys but using probable cause with a flashlight is odd.
Hopkin January 21, 2014 at 05:04 PM
Maybe the probable cause was lying to an officer about having them, and probably acting nervous/suspicious. .
novato 3per January 21, 2014 at 09:45 PM
The individual "denied having any flashlights although the deputy saw them under his legs" = reasonable suspicion -lying to an officer. Perhaps there was also a report of flashlights being shined into residences or vehicles. When an individual is on probation or parole, they will have usually agreed to a number of terms that place them into a contract with the law, a contract not entered into by non-criminals.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr January 27, 2014 at 01:25 PM
The law in medivel England was that executiouion was the sentence for any criminal conviction because they knew that there was no other was to stop career criminals from committing further crimes. I do not advocate execution for every felony criminal conviction, but anyone who believes in "rehabilitation" is delusional. People can change, but people generally do not change. Prison sentences are only ways of deterring criminals from committing further crimes so long as they are incarcerated. Limitations on three strikes and early crowding releases are a danger to the public. A leopard cannot change his spots. Our state and national prison population statistics are not a shame, they are a reality. If we need 40,000 more prison cells, them build 40,000 more prison cells.
Al Nymous January 27, 2014 at 01:53 PM
Transfer them to Russia's prisons and I think people will be start behaving.
True American January 27, 2014 at 03:25 PM
Prisons in California are country clubs, and the bad guys know it. Getting caught just means a gravy train with your brothers. We need to get rid of that ACLU crap and double and triple bunk them. Cut out the free cable and internet. No desert at meals. Cut out the heat and air conditioning. Cut out endless appeals. Move up execution dates and free death row beds for other prisoners. Make three strikes two strikes. Bring back chain gangs. Make prison a living hell. Make them swear they'll never come back.

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