Public Safety and Neighborhood News Bulletin sent December 12, 2012

This summary of recent police activity and crime reports by neighborhood was emailed to subscribers on December 12.  To sign up, visit www.roseville.ca.us/enotify .

News and Events

We're cracking down on driver texting and handheld cell use: Roseville PD's teamed up with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, CHP and 36 other law enforcement agencies in the greater Sacramento region to eliminate motorists' hand-held cell phone use and texting. This effort is a special federally funded pilot program using the region to test strategies that may be employed nationally in the future. Starting November 30 and continuing through December 9, Roseville traffic officers are focusing efforts and issuing tickets to drivers who are using hand-held cell phones or texting. We're going it to prevent needless deaths and injuries: nationally in 2010, 3,092 people were killed and an estimated 416,000 others were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. This is the first of three special enforcement periods to occur in the Sacramento region over the next year.

Distracted drivers in Roseville talking on a hand-held cell phone or texting will receive a first-time ticket costing a minimum of $159, with a second offense costing $297. But the goal of the special enforcement operation is not to issue tickets, but to raise awareness and encourage drivers to focus their attention on the road. To help break the habit, try:

  • Turning off your phone, or putting it out of reach--one OTS staff person now puts hers in the trunk, to resist the temptation to look at it while she's driving!
  • Include in your outgoing message that you can't answer while you're driving
  • Don't call or text anyone else at a time when you think they might be driving.

For more information about distracted driving, visit www.distraction.gov/sacramentoregion.

Attention parents of teens: In conjunction with our local school districts and juvenile justice agencies, we're offering several opportunities for parents to learn more about social networking, sexting, cyber-bullying and other safety concerns. We have three more presentations scheduled from now through mid-February, and more may be scheduled upon request. For more information, dates and locations, click here: https://www.roseville.ca.us/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=25096

Enjoy a fun evening and support Shop with a Cop: At 5 p.m. Sunday, December 16, our Shop with a Cop team is hosting a fundraising dinner and silent auction at William Jessup University. Tickets are $30 per person, which includes a catered buffet dinner, a silent auction and a surprise celebrity guest. Proceeds from the event will go to the Shop with a Cop program. You must purchase a ticket in advance by calling Sgt. Darren Kato at (916) 871-3043. Every month, our team takes deserving Roseville kids out shopping for school clothes and other necessities. For more information about how to help or how to nominate a deserving student to Shop with a Cop, click here: http://www.roseville.ca.us/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=2973&TargetID=1 .

Holiday shopping and traveling tips: Be sure to read our latest crime prevention newsletter--it's full of tips for a safer holiday travel and shopping season. https://www.roseville.ca.us/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=25098

Police Beat 1 (northeast Roseville)

Harding Blvd/Galleria area, vehicle burglary: Overnight November 29/30, someone smashed the window of a car parked at an apartment complex at 501 Gibson Drive and took a wallet containing cash, ID and a credit card. The credit card was then used to make fraudulent purchases.

Harding Blvd/Galleria area, commercial burglary: Between approximately 5 and 7 a.m. November 30, someone smashed the window of a dental office in the 900 block of Pleasant Grove Blvd. and took a computer, a small amount of cash and prescription pain medications.

Harding Blvd/Galleria area, residential burglary: Between 4:30 and 9:30 p.m. December 1, someone pried open an apartment door at 501 Gibson Drive and stole jewelry.

Harding Blvd/Galleria area, bike theft: At 2:15 p.m. December 2, someone cut the lock of a bike that had been secured to a pole outside a restaurant in the 1100 block of Roseville Parkway, and stole the bike. The suspect was described as a balding white male in his 30s, about 5'10" tall with an average build, wearing a bright red jacket and blue jeans. The stolen bike was a white Specialized one-speed.

East Roseville Parkway, residential burglary: Between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. November 21, someone went into an unlocked apartment at 2801 Alexandra Drive while the resident was away and took a laptop computer.

East Roseville Parkway, prowler: At 10:27 a.m. November 27, an alert witness reported a suspicious male on the back patio of an apartment at 1501 Secret Ravine Drive. Apparently realizing he had been seen, the suspicious male quickly walked away. Officers checked the apartment and found that a screen had been bent and removed from a back window, but, probably thanks to the witness, the apartment was still secure. The suspect was described as a black male in his 30s, 6'2" tall and 280 pounds, wearing a black and gray or black and white jacket or sweater and black pants. Officers checked the area but were unable to locate the suspect.

Galleria, bike theft: Between 2 and 9 p.m. November 24, someone cut a lock and stole a gray Cannondale bicycle from a rack at the Galleria.

Galleria, catalytic converter stolen: Between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. December 2, someone stole the catalytic converter from a Toyota Sequoia SUV in the parking lot of the Galleria.

Creekside, theft from a vehicle: Between 3 and 4:25 p.m. December 1, someone went into an unlocked vehicle parked at the Creekside Shopping Center, rummaged through the glove box and center console, and stole a pair of sunglasses.

Creekside, suspicious activity: At 12:17 p.m. December 1, a citizen reported suspicious activity in the parking lot of the Creekside Shopping Center--a man on a bicycle riding around looking into cars. Officers responded and arrested a 30-year-old Fair Oaks man on suspicion of prowling, possessing burglar's tools and possessing stolen property.

Beat 2 (east Roseville)

Johnson Ranch, vehicle burglary: Between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. November 27, someone broke into a locked vehicle at a fitness center in the 2600 block of Eureka Road, and took an expensive purse, wallet, cash and credit cards. Within a couple of hours someone tried to use her credit cards to make numerous fraudulent purchases at stores in Citrus Heights.

Johnson Ranch, commercial burglary: Between 6 p.m. November 30 and 8 a.m. December 3, someone broke a window and entered an office in the 2400 block of Professional Drive, taking computer equipment and an office chair.

Johnson Ranch, commercial burglary: At 6:10 a.m. December 1, officers responded to an alarm activation at a dentist's office in the 2300 block of Professional Drive, and found a broken window. Someone had entered the office and taken a small amount of cash from a drawer. Officers checked the building and the area, but were unable to locate the suspect.

South Cirby, prowler: At 4:18 a.m. December 2, an alert resident of the 1600 block of Old Hart Ranch Road called in suspicious activity--a man walking around looking into vehicles parked in driveways. Officers responded and contacted the suspicious man. The 52-year-old Roseville resident was arrested on suspicion of prowling and possessing burglar's tools.

Cirby Ranch, vandalism: At about 3 a.m. November 30, a resident of the 1300 block of Greenborough Drive heard a noise and found a window in the house had been broken out.

Meadow Oaks, theft: At about 5:30 p.m. December 3, two ten-year-old boys were driving their bikes on the trail near Coloma Way and Oak Ridge Drive, when they were contacted by three teenagers. One of the teens took one of the boy's caps off his head and threw it. While the boy was retrieving his hat, the teen rode away on the boy's bike. The unknown suspects were described as 14-year-old white males. The stolen bike is a blue 20" Mongoose BMX-style, with blue rims.

Sierra Gardens, bike theft: Between 1:15 and 1:40 p.m. November 25, someone stole an unsecured bike from outside a business in the 1800 block of Douglas Blvd. The stolen bike is a silver, white, red and black Trek racing bike.

Sierra Gardens, theft from vehicles, suspect arrested: Just before noon on December 1, a witness flagged an officer down in front of a fitness center in the 1800 Douglas Blvd. regarding someone stealing items from unlocked cars. The witnesses detained the suspect until officers got on scene. A 25-year-old transient female was arrested on suspicion of taking clothing from at least two unlocked vehicles.

Sierra Gardens, theft: Overnight December 1/2, someone cut a lock and stole a motor from a boat parked in the 1200 block of Palm Avenue.

Lead Hill, catalytic converter stolen: Between 5:30 November 26 and 2 a.m. November 27, someone stole the catalytic converter from a Toyota Sequoia SUV in the 1600 block of Eureka Road.

Lead Hill, attempted stolen vehicle: Between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. November 29, someone punched the lock in the door of a car parked in the 1600 block of Eureka Road and tampered with the ignition/

Lead HIll, bike stolen: Between noon and 6:45 p.m. November 30, someone cut the locks off a bike secured to a pole in the 1900 block of Douglas Boulevard and stole the bike, a gray Marin Bolinas Ridge mountain bike.

Beat 3, central Roseville south of the rail yard

Cirbyside, stolen trailer: between November 26 and 28, someone stole a green utility trailer from Del Mar Court.

Cirbyside, vehicle burglary: Between 2:25 and 11:40 p.m. November 29, someone smashed the window of a car parked at a care facility in the 1100 block of Cirby Way and took a Bible.

Cirbyside, vehicle burglary: Between 10:15 p.m. November 29 and 12:30 a.m. November 30, someone smashed the window of a car parked in a parking lot on Louis Lane, and stole purses, credit cards, a cell phone, a tablet computer and other valuable items.

Cirbyside, commercial burglary: Between 9:30 p.m. and midnight December 1, someone went into a restaurant in the 900 block of Sunrise Avenue, possibly by picking a lock, and took a small amount of cash.

Cresthaven, theft: Between November 21 and 29, someone went into a fenced side yard of a house in the 600 block of Lyndhurst Avenue and stole a boat motor.

Cresthaven, residential burglary: Between November 24 and 26, someone broke into a vacant house on Duncan Way, and took a clothes dryer. A suspicious male seen in the garage of the burglarized home was described as a white male driving a black early 2000s model soft-top Jeep.

Cresthaven, vehicle burglary: Overnight November 25/26, someone got into a car parked in the 100 block of Duncan Way by unknown means and took prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses.

Cresthaven, vehicle burglary: Between 7:10 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. November 26, someone got into a locked vehicle in the 400 block of Greenridge Avenue by unknown means and took the in-dash stereo.

Cresthaven, stolen vehicle: Between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. November 29, someone stole a silver 2002 Jeep Liberty SUV from the 2300 block of Vernon Street.

Cresthaven, vehicle burglary: Overnight December 1/2, someone smashed the window of a pickup in the 400 block of Shannon Way and took a laptop computer that had been left on top of one of the seats.

Cherry Glen, residential burglary: Between 3:30 and 11:30 p.m. December 1, someone went into a house in the 200 block of Cherry Street by unknown means while the resident was away, and rifled through drawers. It's unknown what, if anything was taken.

Cherry Glen, attempted commercial burglary: At 5:20 a.m. December 2, officers responded to an alarm at a business in the 500 block of Oak Street. They found the door jamb broken, but it didn't appear anyone got inside.

HIllcrest, catalytic converters stolen: Between December 1 and 2, someone stole catalytic converters from four Toyota trucks and Toyota SUVs on Melrose Avenue and Hillcrest Avenue.

Folsom Road, drug arrests: On November 30, officers conducted a probation search of a home in the 100 block of Park Drive. Seven residents and visitors were arrested for various drug-related charges.

Folsom Road, catalytic converters stolen: Between December 1 and 2, someone stole catalytic converters from five U-Haul trucks in the 100 block of Wills Road.

Folsom Road, theft from vehicles: Overnight December 3 and 4, someone stole batteries from two commercial trucks parked in the 200 block of Harding Blvd.

Folsom Road, theft from a vehicle: Between 6:25 and 6:40 p.m. December 4, someone went into an unlocked car in the 100 block of Harding Blvd. and took a cell phone.

Enwood, drug arrests: On November 30, officers conducted a probation search of a home in the 900 block of Parry Street. Six residents and visitors were arrested on drug related charges.

Police Beat 4, central Roseville north of the rail yard

Sierra Vista, attempted commercial burglary: Between November 20 and 26, someone broke into a storage shed in the 100 block of Roseville Street. Nothing was taken.

Sierra Vista, vandalism: Overnight November 27/28, someone sprayed grafitti with red paint onto a car in the 100 block of Carmel Avenue.

Sierra Vista, vandalism: Overnight November 30/December 1, someone broke the windows out of two vehicles in the 300 block of Sequoia Street.

Roseville Heights, theft: Between 10 p.m. November 30 and 12:30 a.m. December 1, someone stole an iphone, possibly from the victim's back pocket, while the victim was in a bar on Main Street.

Roseville Heights, arrests: On November 30, officers conducted a probation search of a home in the 900 block of Circuit Drive, and arrested two people on drug charges and possessing illegal weapons.

Vineyard, theft from a vehicle: Between 1 a.m. and noon November 25, someone went into an unlocked vehicle in the 1200 block of Zinfandel Drive and took an expensive purse containing a wallet, ID and debit cards and other items. The purse had been left on top of a back seat.

Vineyard, gasoline theft: Overnight November 26/27, someone forced open a locking gas cap and stole gasoline from a pickup in the 1200 block of Chablis Circle.

Vineyard, stolen vehicle: Overnight November 28/29, someone stole a tan 1985 Xtra cab Toyota pickup from a fenced storage yard in the 9000 block of Atkinson Street.

Los Cerritos, garage burglarized: Overnight November 26/27, someone cut the lock of a garage door in the 800 block of Main Street and took a Kona bicycle and two Transeo bicycles.

Kaseberg-Kingswood, vehicle vandalized: Between November 24 and 25, someone broke the windows of a car parked in an apartment complex in the 1400 block of Kingswood Drive and rummaged through the car. Nothing was taken.

Kaseberg-Kingswood, vehicle burglary: Between November 21 and 28, someone got into a locked car by unknown means in an apartment complex in the 1400 block of Kingswood Drive, and took a laptop computer and a checkbook.

Kaseberg-Kingswood, vehicle burglary: Between 4 and 4:30 a.m. December 1, someone smashed the window of a car in the 300 block of Bradford Court and took an iPod Touch.

Hilltop Circle, garage burglary: Overnight December 3/4, a detached garage of a home in the 2100 block of March Road was burglarized. Power tools and bottles of alcohol were taken.

Police Beat 5, north central Roseville

Foothills-Junction, package stolen: Sometime after 5 p.m. November 15, someone stole a delivered package containing a lacrosse helmet from a front porch in the 1400 block of Dallen Way.

Foothills-Junction, interrupted residential burglary: At 11 a.m. November 29, a resident of the 1600 block of Chilton Drive went to check on a noise and encountered an intruder in his laundry room. The intruder had gone through an unlocked side gate, then through an unlocked pedestrian door into the garage, then into the laundry room. The intruder ran away. He was described as a white male, 19-20 years old, 5'10" tall with an average build. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up, black sweatpants with "NIKE" in white letters down the right leg, and new-looking bright white athletic shoes. Officers checked the area but were unable to locate the suspect.

Foothills-Junction, theft: At about 1 p.m. November 30, someone stole an i-Phone from a gym bag at a fitness center in the 5000 block of Foothills Blvd. The victim had set the gym bag down in the locker room for a few minutes while he showered.

Foothills-Junction, indecent exposure: At about 1:18 p.m. December 2, a woman was pushing her child in a stroller on McAnally Drive near Plymouth Court, past a light blue/green mini-van stopped on Plymouth Court. The male driver yelled to get her attention, and when she looked, saw that he was masturbating. He made some lewd comments, and she used her phone to call 911. He drove away west on McAnally, last seen turning left onto Revere Drive. He was described a white male in his early 50s, about 5'7" tall and 180 pounds, with graying blond hair.

Foothills-Junction, vandalism: Between 7:15 and 7:35 p.m. December 2, someone smashed the windows of a car parked in an apartment complex at 5 Marcia Way.

Foothills-Junction, residential burglary: Between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. December 4, someone got into a house in the 1700 block of Chilton Drive while the residents were away, possibly through a dog door, and took coins and jewelry.

Pleasant Grove, commercial burglary: Between 2 p.m. December 1 and 12:12 a.m. December 2, someone forced entry into an optometry office in the 1200 block of Pleasant Grove Blvd., and rummaged through drawers and display cabinets. Nothing appears to have been taken.

Diamond Oaks, vehicle and garage burglarized: Overnight December 3/4, someone pried the doors of a van parked in a driveway in the 200 block of Spyglass Hill and took tools, and opened the garage door to the house (possibly using a remote control from the vehicle?) Items were strewn around in the garage, but nothing was taken.

Diamond Oaks, catalytic converter stolen: sometime over the weekend of December 2/3, someone stole a catalytic converter from a vehicle in the 200 block of Jennifer Circle.

Police Beat 6, west Roseville

Woodcreek Oaks, vehicle burglary: Overnight November 28/29, someone smashed the window of a car parked in the 1700 block of Atwell Street and took an expensive purse, wallet, camera, ID and other valuables. The Placer County Sheriff's Office later found some receipts and other paperwork belonging to the victim on a trail off of Cook Riolo Road.

Junction West, catalytic converter stolen: Overnight November 25/26, someone stole a catalytic converter from a Toyota Sequoia SUV parked in the 1800 block of Blue Skies Way. At about 4 a.m. on December 2, an alert resident reported suspicious activity in the 1700 block of Magenta Drive--a male snooping around vehicles and crawling underneath a vehicle. He was described as an Hispanic or Asian male in his 20s, driving a green Ford Taurus with a dent on the driver's side door. Officers checked the area but were unable to find him, and didn't find any fresh thefts.

Junction West, suspicious incident: At about 3:30 p.m. November 26, a male approached a female middle-school student on Roadrunner Drive near Bettencourt Drive, and asked her twice if she wanted a ride. The girl said no and ran to a friend's house. The male didn't touch the girl or follow her when she ran away. He was described as a tall white male in his 40s or 50s, approximately 6'5" tall, with a thin build. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and gray sweatpants, and was driving an older, white van with peeling paint and windows all around it. We received a similar call of a white van that appeared to be following students near Barbara Chilton Middle School in the West Park area. That van was occupied by two Hispanic or Filipino males, who didn't talk to the students or try to contact them in any way. It doesn't appear that the two incidents were related. The two school districts involved sent out notifications to parents as a precaution, asking them to remind their students about "stranger danger" and to immediately report any suspicious incidents to an adult.

Junction West, vehicle burglary: Overnight November 28/29, someone broke the window of a vehicle parked in the 1700 block of Westlake Drive and took a pair of sunglasses and boxes of jewelry that had been left on the passenger seat.

Junction West, theft from a vehicle: Overnight December 2/3, someone went into an unlocked pickup on Monterey Pines Court and took a Garmin GPS device, flashlight and other small items.

Blue Oaks, catalytic converter stolen: Overnight November 29/30, someone stole a catalytic converter from a Toyota Sequoia SUV on Bantry Bay court.

West Park, burglary: Overnight November 26/27, someone burglarized a home under construction in the 2300 block of Mendota Way, taking plumbing fixtures and cabinet handles.

Fiddyment Farms, burglary, suspect arrested: At 4:33 p.m. December 4, officers responded to a report that a construction worker was chasing someone he had seen stealing a guitar from a model home in the 4000 block of Porch Swing Drive. Officers detained the suspect in the area of Crocker Ranch Road and Terracina Circle, and arrested the 24-year-old Antelope man on suspicion of burglary. The guitar was recovered outside the model home.