PETALUMA – According to a Petaluma Police Department (PPD) Press Release, 39-year-old Michael Patrick Stewart Stull was arrested for committing a series of commercial burglaries. There were more than 13 cases connected to Stull between March and May of 2015.
Most of the crimes were committed within the commercial complexes located on the 1300 block of North McDowell Boulevard and the 700 block of Baywood Drive near the Sheraton Hotel. In most of these cases there were no signs of forced entry. In some cases Stull had entered some of the victim businesses while employees were still on the premises.
Investigators believe that Stull had somehow compromised the “Knox Box” system used by many businesses as a means of gaining entry into them. According to the Press Release, “corrected measures have been implemented to minimize the risk of additional thefts.”
Stull’s primary residence was in San Rafael, though he divided his time between that location and an apartment in Santa Rosa where he lived with his wife. She too is listed as a suspect and was arrested for possession of stolen property and was booked into Sonoma County Jail. She has been identified as 33-year-old Lauren Nicole Marguglio of Santa Rosa. According to her Facebook page, they were married in March of this year.
Stull was booked into Sonoma County Jail for burglary, possession of stolen property, and for violating his parole, which stemmed from a series of burglaries committed in Marin County back in 2005. Back then, he was even called the “Knox Box Burglar” in some media reports for his use of that method to gain entry to his victims’ property. At that time, he was sentenced to 31 years to life in prison on a series of charges, and the three strikes provision for repeat offenders.
Marin Independent Journal (2007): Novato man sentenced to 31 years to life in burglary cases