SANTA ROSA – According to a community bulletin issued by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, a man who worked at a group home for the disabled was found to be stealing from residents.
The group home is located in Penngrove in an unincorporated area of Sonoma County. The suspect was employed at the home two nights per week, though usually called-in sick, saying that he was bedside with his sick mother at the hospital. He did so again last Tuesday night, when another employee discovered that the suspect had taken money belonging to each of the five residents — totaling over $1,700 — that had been secured in a lock-box.
The suspect’s stepfather came to the home the next morning to return a key given to him by the suspect. The suspect admitted to the theft while his stepfather gave him a ride to Windsor. He also said that he was on his way to Washington State.
The Sheriff’s Office issued a Be-On-the-Lookout along the Highway 101 corridor up through Oregon and Washington. Seven minutes later an officer from the Ukiah Police Department spotted the suspect. He was arrested and turned over to the Sonoma County Deputy Sheriff.
The suspect was identified as Ronald Rey Dumloa Abad, a 30-year-old transient.
He was interviewed and booked into the Main Adult Detention Facility. Abad faces charges of Grand Theft and Theft from a Dependent Adult. His bail has been set at $15,000. It is unknown if Abad was employed elsewhere however authorities ask that anyone with additional information about Abad contact the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office or their local law enforcement agency.