Friday, 19 April 2024

REGIONAL: Man who allegedly used flower deliveries to cover burglaries arrested

GLENN COUNTY – A man who allegedly used floral deliveries as a premise to burglarize homes in Glenn County was arrested earlier this week on the North Coast.

Joshua Tannenbaum, 40, of Anderson, is in the Mendocino County Jail for driving a vehicle allegedly stolen from Chico, according to Glenn County Sheriff Larry Jones.

Last Sunday at about 10 a.m. the Glenn County Communications Center received a call of a burglary occurring at 1854 State Highway 45 in Glenn, Jones reported.

While Glenn County Sheriff’s deputies were responding, the victim told the dispatcher that a blue pickup had backed up to a shed, and it was now at her gas pump.

When Sgt. Sean Arlin and Detective Dan Blair arrived at the residence, the vehicle was gone.

The deputies were able to obtain a description of the suspect – which they allege to be Tannenbaum – and the vehicle, said Jones, and they learned that the suspect had taken some property from the shed as well as the gasoline.

About an hour later, Blair received a call about a person trying to steal a motorcycle at 7783 County Road 16 just west of Hamilton City.

The owner was able to get his motorcycle back and described the suspect as a white male adult with short brown hair, wearing a black baseball cap, a dark blue jacket, and tan or brown canvas pants.

The suspect in that incident also was driving a blue pickup. The victim was able to give Blair a license plate number of the vehicle, Jones said.

After further investigation, Glenn County detectives learned that the blue pickup had been stolen out of Chico.

The following day Glenn County detectives learned that the blue pickup had been recovered in Ukiah, and that the California Highway Patrol had taken Tannenbaum into custody.

Sheriff’s Detective Greg Felton went to Ukiah and recovered property in the pickup taken from the burglary at 1854 State Highway 45 in Glenn. One particular recovered item was a commercial grade leave blower valued at $450.

Upon returning to Glenn County, Felton contacted both victims and they were able to identify the pickup and Tannenbaum as being involved in the burglary and theft of the motorcycle.

As Tannenbaum is on active state parole, Mendocino authorities have obtained a no-bail hold.

Based on the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office investigation, the Glenn County District Attorney’s Office has charged Tannenbaum, who has a very extensive criminal history, with burglary and vehicle theft. Tannenbaum is expected be transferred to the Glenn County Jail when he is released from Mendocino County.

It is believed Tannenbaum had been approaching homes in Glenn County, and possibly other areas, with fresh flowers in his hands, Jones said.

If someone answered the door, as a ruse, he would explain he was there to make a floral delivery and leave. If no one would answer, he would think it safe to attempt a burglary.

The Glenn County Sheriff’s Office would like to hear from anyone who may have experienced a suspicious floral delivery. Contact the office at 530-934-6431.

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