The following is a report detailing two arrests made in connection with a Burglary that occurred June 24, 2018 at the Safeway in Sonoma. The information was prepared by Sergeant Jeff Toney with the Sonoma Police Department, Case #SOP 18-0000739.
On June 24, 2018 at approximately 9:30 pm, Sonoma Police Department deputies were dispatched to an in-progress theft occurring at Safeway, located at 477 West Napa Street, Sonoma. The witness caller provided a physical description of the female suspect, and the suspect vehicle to the 9-1-1 call taker. Upon the deputy’s arrival, the witness told the deputy the suspect fled the area in the vehicle, described as a silver minivan.
Another deputy responding to the report observed a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description, traveling eastbound on West Napa Street approximately five blocks from Safeway. The alert deputy initiated a traffic enforcement stop on the silver minivan and contacted the occupants. The female passenger, who matched the suspect description, couldn’t produce any form of identification, and she was detained. During this time, deputies observed several items of store merchandise in plain view inside the back of the minivan.
The witness was brought to the area of the traffic enforcement stop and positively identified the female as the suspect they observed stealing several items of Safeway merchandise, which was determined to be Baby Formula and multiple packages of controlled over the counter medication.
During the investigation, deputies recovered over 400 items of similar store merchandise believed to have been stolen from other Safeway stores in Napa County and Contra Costa County. The value of the suspected stolen merchandise was approximately $9,500.00.
Sonoma Police deputies arrested 22-year-old Ashley Chiane Easy from Antioch, CA and 41-year-old Julio Cesar Cuellar, from San Francisco, CA. Easy and Cuellar were arrested and booked into custody at the Sonoma County Main Adult Detention Facility on the charges of burglary, possession of stolen property, and conspiracy.