Photo: James J Pizzagrani and Morgan Baugh
SAN RAFAEL — Two armed-burglary suspects are proving to be easier to identify than arrest. One chronic offender rammed a police car and crashed into a wall before he was arrested. The second suspect remains at large.
A detective identified two prolific offenders from videos recorded by home security cameras. Both suspects are considered dangerous—with numerous prior arrests in Marin County and elsewhere.
Their latest trouble involves a home burglary that happened in February. Security cameras inside a Blossom Drive residence recorded images of two individuals familiar to law enforcement.
Based on this video evidence, authorities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area were alerted to be on the lookout.
Police learned the whereabouts of one suspect, James J. Pizzagrani, 33 of San Rafael. Pizzagrani is a construction worker with 16 previous arrests throughout the Bay Area.
Officers from San Rafael, Marin County Major Crimes Task Force and Richmond police coordinated their response. On April 2, they surrounded the SureStay Plus Hotel located at 915 Cutting Boulevard in Richmond.
Soon enough, Pizzagrani was spotted walking from a hotel room to a car in the parking lot. An officer maneuvered to block him. Police say that’s when Pizzagrani rammed a police car.
After ramming the cop car, Pizzagrani crashed into wall before he was finally taken into custody. He remains at Marin County Jail on burglary, conspiracy and weapons charges.
The second suspect has been identified as Morgan Baugh, 28 of San Rafael, and is still being sought by authorities. She has 11 prior arrests on her rap sheet for a variety of offenses.