Mar 23 2017

Burglary Suspect Captured on Dracena Avenue

Suspect: RUSSELL BERNARDINI – Birth date: December 16, 1955 – Location: 100 block of Dracena Ave, Piedmont – Date/Time: March 20, 2017 – Approximately 11:00 p.m. – Charges: Auto burglary, possession of burglary tools, possession of stolen property, violation of parole.

SYNOPSIS: Piedmont Police Officers responded to the 100 block of Dracena Avenue concerning an auto burglary in progress. Neighbors had contacted the victim after witnessing a suspect in the victim’s vehicle.

Arriving officers contacted RUSSELL BERNARDINI concealed among bushes near the burglarized vehicle. BERNARDINI was identified by witnesses. The suspect was arrested for auto burglary and possession of burglary tools.

BERNARDINI was on active parole out of Marin County. A rented U-Haul vehicle was found near the crime scene and officers were able to associate it with BERNARDINI. Officers located numerous bicycles, hand tools, baby strollers, and other items believed to have been stolen inside the vehicle.

Investigators from the San Rafael Police Department and Fairfax Police Department have identified some of the recovered property as reported stolen to their agencies. The investigation is on-going to identify additional victims.

Anyone with information and/or inquiries related to this case is asked to please contact Piedmont Detective Bob Coffey at (510) 420-3015.

If residents see something suspicious, call the Piedmont Police Department at:

(510) 420-3000.

One Response to “Burglary Suspect Captured on Dracena Avenue”

  1. Great job by the Piedmont resident and Civic Association for reporting this. Also the Piedmont police for a quick response and effective follow through.

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