A Wimbledon Lane resident of Fairfax reported a burglar attempting to force open the garage door of the home at approximately 4:00 a.m. today.
The resident yelled at the suspect who fled into hillside area leaving his bicycle and backpack at the scene. Officers from the San Anselmo and Ross police departments responded to assist Fairfax police in searching for the suspect who was not located at that time.
At approximately 7:30 a.m., the suspect returned to the area looking for his belongings that had already been taken by Fairfax officers. The victim of the burglary notified the Fairfax police and another search was conducted of the hillside area without success.
Corporal Richardson, who investigated the case, believed that the suspect was a person known to officers as Michael Simons. At 10:00 a.m., Officer Rico Tabaranza met with the victim and showed him a photo line-up. The victim identified Simons as the suspect in the attempted burglary.
Throughout the day, officers continued searching the area for Simons. At 2:01 p.m., Chief Chris Morin located Simons near the Fairfax Library and arrested him. Officer Tabaranza subsequently interviewed Simons who admitted to attempting to gain entry into the garage of the home on Wimbledon Lane.
Simons, age 34, was booked into the Marin County Jail for on suspicion of attempted burglary and violation of his current probation with bail set at $50,000.