Reports of at least two vehicle break-ins Sunday morning led to the arrest of a Sonoma County woman on suspicion of child endangerment, according to the Napa County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies were called at 7:15 a.m. to the 2000 block of Heinke Drive in the Coombsville area east of Napa, where a resident found a woman entering his car and then running away, according to Sgt. Jon Thompson. When deputies checked the area, they found a car parked at North and Second avenues with three children inside — ages 2, 10 and 12 — but no adult present, Thompson said.
Later, another Coombsville resident reported a vehicle burglary around 9:15 a.m. on Third Avenue. Deputies responding to that call found and detained Natalia Ivanovna Prikhodko, 34, of Guerneville on Fourth Avenue, then took her back to her vehicle holding her children on North and Second and placed her under arrest, according to Thompson.
Area residents reported to deputies that the children had been left alone in the vehicle from about 6:30 to 9 a.m. before their mother's arrest, Thompson said.
Prikhodko was booked into the Napa County jail for investigation of three counts of felony child endangerment, as well as misdemeanor counts of vehicle burglary and vehicle tampering.
The children, who had not eaten since the previous day, received breakfast from deputies before being placed in the care of Napa County Child Protective Services, according to Thompson.
Anyone with information on the Coombsville vehicle break-ins, or who may have had possessions stolen, is asked to call the Napa County dispatch center at 707-253-4451.