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Rohnert Park police say man on bicycle had garbage bag full of stolen property

Published: Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 9:26 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 9:26 a.m.

A man on probation for possessing stolen property was found riding a bike in Rohnert Park on Saturday night, carrying a large garbage bag full of stolen property, Rohnert Park police said Sunday.

The bag held an Apple laptop computer, jewelry, shoes, clothing and tools, reported police.

At least some of the items had been taken earlier Saturday from a Cotati residence, according to police reports.

Rider Joseph Vitali, 36, was near the Rohnert Park Expressway and Highway 101 at about 9 p.m. Officer Matt Snodgrass saw the nighttime rider didn't have a bike light and pulled him over, checked his name and learned he was on probation.

The officer found a name and phone number listed on a computer bag inside the garbage bag, leading to a Cotati resident who identified many of the items as belonging to himself and a roommate.

Cotati police confirmed a burglary at the residence that day.

Vitali was arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen property and violating probation. He was taken to the Sonoma County Jail.

Some of the items in the bag didn't come from the Cotati home, and officers still were attempting to determine if they were stolen, officials said.

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