Posted by on December 16, 2016
Categories: Bay Area

(BANT) – A Santa Rosa couple was arrested Thursday on suspicion of stealing
credit cards from staff members at eight different elementary schools in
Sonoma County, a Santa Rosa police sergeant said.

The thefts of purses and wallets, most of them belonging to
teachers, were from vacant classrooms during school hours since early
November. They were reported to Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park police and the
Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Marcus Sprague said.

Susan Patricia Morris, 47, and Jeffrey Scott Haysbert, 49, who
have a dating relationship and children in one of the schools, allegedly used
the stolen credit cards at businesses in Sonoma County, Sprague said.

Police used surveillance camera video of the fraudulent purchases
and the thefts from the schools to identify Morris and Haysbert as the
suspects, Sprague said. When photos of the suspects were posted on social
media sites, detectives immediately began receiving phone calls with possible
suspect information.

Santa Rosa police detectives got a warrant to search Morris’s and
Haysbert’s vehicles and their residence Thursday. Police found stolen credit
cards and the purchases, including high-end electronics, that were made with
them, Sprague said.

Detectives found additional credit cards and personal information
belonging to other possible victims, and Morris and Haysbert were arrested
and questioned at the Santa Rosa Police Department, Sprague said.

Morris was booked under $40,000 bail in the Sonoma County Jail on
seven felony and three misdemeanor counts that include burglary, identity
theft and conspiracy.

Haysbert was booked under $30,000 bail on six felony and three
misdemeanor counts of burglary, identity theft and conspiracy. Both are
scheduled to be arraigned in Sonoma County Superior Court Monday afternoon.

Sprague said additional charges are pending a follow-up
investigation by the sheriff’s office, the Rohnert Park Department of Public
Safety and Santa Rosa and Petaluma police.