At about 6:30 p.m., an officer spotted the suspect vehicle driving into the Safeway shopping center complex on Douglas Boulevard at Sierra College Blvd. The officer pulled into the lot in time to see one of the suspects break the window of a parked car, reach in and take a purse. Officers stopped the suspect vehicle as it was exiting the lot and took both occupants into custody without incident.
Officers recovered stolen property, including wallets, purses and credit cards, from the vehicle burglary that had just happened in the Safeway complex and from vehicle burglaries committed within the previous few hours from fitness center parking lots on North Sunrise Ave. the 5000 block of Foothills Blvd. The suspects, a 21-year-old male and a 26-year-old male, both from West Sacramento, were arrested for burglary and related charges. They're being investigated for additional vehicle burglaries in Roseville and Sacramento.
Two of the victims had parked their cars in fitness center parking lots, and then concealed their purses under a seat or in the trunk. It's likely the suspects were already in the parking lots, watching the women conceal their purses. At the Safeway complex, the victim's purse was in plain sight on the passenger's seat. The stolen purses contained credit cards and substantial amounts of cash. The suspects tried to use the victims' credit cards soon after the thefts occurred.
Tip: Do not leave purses, wallets and other valuable items in your parked car. Take them with you. If you still want to leave such valuables in your car, then hide them out of sight before you get to your destination.
Citywide: Our animal control officers have received calls about sick bats recently, and one bat tested positive for rabies. Rabies is a fairly common disease found in wildlife in our area. This is a good reminder for us to keep our pets' rabies vaccinations current, and to not approach wild animals. Call your own vet to update your pets' shots, or check with the Placer SPCA--they offer $5 rabies vaccinations at their facility on Corporation Yard Road from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the last Wednesday of every month.
Police Beat 1 (northeast Roseville)
East Roseville Parkway, disturbance: At 9:45 p.m. on October 3, officers responded to a report of a disturbance involving a man and woman in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 1100 block of Roseville Parkway. The man was eventually arrested without incident on suspicion of false imprisonment (preventing the woman from leaving), domestic battery and vandalism.
Police Beat 2 (east Roseville)
Convenience store robbery: The 7-11 store on South Cirby at Wildwood was robbed just before 4 a.m. Tuesday, October 4. The yet-unidentified robbers were described as two Hispanic males, 35 to 40 years old, medium height and build. One wore a long-sleeved black turtleneck shirt and a black ballcap with a "P" insignia, and was armed with a pistol. The other wore an Oakland A's ballcap and a dark colored hooded sweatshirt. The suspects left in a silver car, which a Roseville officer found abandoned up the street on Wildwood Way. The car had been reported stolen from South Sacramento yesterday. No one reported being injured during the robbery.
Maidu, vehicle burglaries: Overnight on October 2/3, someone broke into vehicles, or took items from unlocked vehicles, on West Colonial Parkway (three reports) and Hardwick Way (one report). Portable GPS navigators, tools, a laptop computer, a wallet and a camera were among the items taken.
Maidu: Roseville Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 cash reward for information leading to an arrest for the recent theft of copper wire from the soccer fields at Maidu. If you have any information that could help, call Roseville Crime Stoppers at (916)783-STOP.
Sierra Gardens, vandalism: In the early morning hours of September 27, a resident in the 1700 block of Tanglewood heard a loud banging sound outside. Later she found wooden lattice work on the front of her house was broken. A neighbor remembered seeing two suspicious males outside at about 2 a.m., running around laughing. They were both white males and barefoot. One was holding a baseball bat.
Maidu, TPing: A resident of the Maidu neighborhood reported that her house was toilet-papered for the second time, and asked for extra police patrols.
Tip: Teens caught TPing could be cited for vandalism or violation of curfew. Residents might want to install motion-sensor lights and/or motion-activated lawn sprinklers, available at home improvement stores, to discourage this activity.
Police Beat 3 (Central Roseville south of the tracks)
Cresthaven, commercial burglary: At 6:46 p.m. on September 28, tow company employees discovered a man who had climbed over the fence into their tow yard and then broke windows to get into their office. The employees confronted and struggled with the intruder until officers arrived to take him into custody. A 29-year-old North Highlands man was arrested and taken to the Placer County Jail on suspicion of burglary and making threats.
Enwood, residential burglary: Just before 9 p.m. on September 27, a resident of the 400 block of East Street came home and found that his front door had been kicked in. He heard someone running out the back door. He found things moved around, but nothing taken.
Police Beat 4 (Central Roseville north of the tracks)
Kaseberg, residential burglary: Sometime between 5 p.m. on September 22 and noon on September 23, a home in the 1000 block of McRae Way was burglarized. The burglar got in by removing the screen from an unlocked window. Jewelry, medications, a camera and cell phone were taken.
Police Beat 5 (North Central Roseville)
Commercial burglary: At about 3 a.m. on September 29, officers responded to suspicious activity at the Woodcreek Oaks Golf Course. Someone had broken into the golf cart shed and rode the carts around the course, damaging some of the greens and one of the carts. The suspects weren't located.
Police Beat 6 (west Roseville)
Wildlife reminder-on the afternoon of September 27, Roseville Animal Control officers removed a rattlesnake from Mahany Park, near the back of the library. This is just a reminder for us and our kids to be aware of the many critters that live in our open space areas, and to be cautious about exploring drains or off-trail areas.
Sun City, residential burglary: Sometime between September 19 and 27, a home in the 4500 block of Napa Loop was burglarized while the resident was away. The suspect shattered a back glass sliding door and took items. Some of the stolen property was found in the street in Rio Linda, and returned by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office.
Possibly related suspicious activity: on September 23, a resident reported suspicious people on Napa Loop: two males driving an older red or maroon four-door car similar to a Lexus or Acura who were cruising slowly through the neighborhood as if casing the area. The driver was described as a black male with dreadlocks, and a male passenger of unknown race. They were possibly associated with two white males seen walking in the area "looking for a dog".
Woodcreek, vandalism: Someone tried to break into the snack shop at Woodcreek High School again Friday night. The burglars pried plywood off the windows, damaging the window frames. Nothing was taken.
Mark your calendars!
Saturday, October 22: Cops and Community Day at the Roseville Police Department. We'll have tours of our building and the Roseville Police Activities League gym across the street, SWAT and K9 demonstrations and much more.
Saturday October 29: Medication take-back event at local high schools. This is an opportunity for you to clean out your medicine cabinets and safely dispose of unneeded medicines, including over the counter medicines, prescription and veterinary drugs.
Saturday, November 19: Kick off the holiday season with Roseville's annual holiday parade and tree lighting festivities on Vernon Street.
Do you have information about these or any other unsolved Roseville crimes? Call Roseville Crime Stoppers at 916-783-7867 (783-STOP). You can remain anonymous and might qualify for a cash reward if the information you provide leads to an arrest.