|Vandalism spree lands two in jail
Cotati Police arrested two Petaluma men for an early hours vandalism spree.
At approximately 3:04 a.m., Cotati Police dispatch received a call from a reporting party who was watching two white men in their early 20s vandalize signs, utility boxes and bus stops in the area of Walgreen’s at 7800 Old Redwood Highway. Officers responded to the area and Sgt. Steven Bourns located the two suspects as they had just exited the Walgreen’s parking lot onto Gravenstein Highway.
Bourns saw one of the males using a marking device to tag the front of a utility box. The suspects were stopped and identified as Anthony Lloyd Poole, 21, and Anthony William David Mazzina, 20. The witness was able to positively identify Poole and Mazzina as the suspects he had witnessed tagging items. A check of the immediate area found several items had been tagged with either black or silver ink reading “RHC.”
Upon further investigation, Cotati Police discovered Poole and Mazzina had walked Old Redwood Highway from the southern city limit of Cotati at Eucalyptus Avenue to near the edge of Cotati on Gravenstein Way. A check of the entire length of Old Redwood Highway revealed approximately 75 items had been vandalized with either the “RHC” or “PHS” tags and other graffiti. The vandalized items included street signs, business signs, buildings, planters, utility poles and Redwood trees.
Because of the extensive nature of the vandalism, which did damage in excess of $400, Poole and Mazzina both were arrested and booked into Sonoma County Jail for felony vandalism. Bail was set at $5,000 for each man.
This case remains under investigation, and Cotati Police encourage anyone with additional information to call (707) 792-4611.