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April 2, 2014


News & Events

We hope you're thinking about ways to reduce water use in light of the continuing drought situation. Please visit the City's drought information page for the latest news, some practical ideas and FAQs.

April's Public Safety News & Tips is about reacting correctly to emergency vehicles and distracted driving. This is a good handout for your neighborhood watch group or association.

Got old meds?  The next county-wide medication take-back day will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at several locations in South Placer County, including all Roseville-area high schools and Kaiser's campus at 1600 Eureka Road. Take this opportunity to safely dispose of expired or unneeded prescription, over the counter and veterinary medication. This is a good way to get potentially dangerous drugs out of your home without polluting our water supply. Click here for a printable flyer.

Free training for alcohol licensees: Through a state Alcoholic Beverage Control grant, the Placer County Sheriff's Office is offering free training for businesses that have licenses to sell alcohol. This LEAD (LIcensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs) training will be offered from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 at the Auburn Justice Center in Auburn. It's a free, voluntary prevention and education program for retail licensees, their employees and alcohol license applicants. Participation is limited to 40 per class. To reserve a space, contact Placer County Sheriff's Community Service Officer Lynn Harrison at (916) 652-2419 or email her at lharriso@placer.ca.gov.

 Need to clean out your files? The next Community Shredding and E-Waste day will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at Mahany Park, 1545 Pleasant Grove Boulevard. Drive up and hand over your disposables, and we'll take care of the rest. E-waste is recycled by SIMS Recycling Solutions, an international recycling company with a sorting and shredding facility here in Roseville. Bring your sensitive documents (old bank and credit card statements, old medical records and the like), and have up to three file boxes shredded for free. We urge you to safely shred your own personal and business files, and not just put them in the garbage can intact. We've encountered a lot of thieves lately who regularly "dumpster-dive," looking through trash for people's personal identifying information, which they then use for fraudulent purposes.

Roseville Fire News & Events

Fire Station Open House from 10 a.m. to noon THIS Saturday, April 5, at Station 7, 911 Highland Point Drive. Tour the station and meet the firefighters. The firefighters have some especially kid-friendly events planned: a vehicle extrication demonstration, where they'll cut up a car, and a splat zone (firefighters will drop things off the high ladder truck so you can watch them go splat.)

ACO Corner

Remember the old Looney Tunes cartoons where the "dog catcher" drives around with his big butterfly net, scooping up loose dogs to take them to "jail"? In real life, when our animal control officers find a lost pet, they would much rather return it to its owner than take it to the shelter. Here's how pet owners can help. Put your current City of Roseville dog license tag AND an ID tag with your current phone number on your dog's collar. That way, if your dog gets out and your neighbor finds him, your neighbor can call you directly and return your dog. If an ACO finds your dog, he or she can use either a private ID tag or a Roseville dog license ID to locate you and return your pet. If your pet loses his collar and tags and ends up at the vet's or the shelter, then microchips can be helpful, if they've been properly updated. Here are some common misconceptions about pet microchips:

1. If my dog has a chip and it gets lost, I can call and have the chip activated like a GPS, and find my dog.

Nope--microchips aren't GPS devices.  They don't send signals that can help locate a lost pet. Someone has to first find the pet and take it to a vet's office or animal shelter to have it scanned.

2. All microchips are the same.

No, not all scanners read all microchips. The local vet or shelter may not have the correct scanner(s) to read every chip.

3. If my pet is microchipped, there's nothing more I need to do.

False! Most microchip companies require you to register the chip in your name, with current contact information. If you purchase or adopt a pet that is already microchipped, the chip will display information for the breeder, shelter or veterinarian. Make sure you follow through with the paperwork and get the chip re-registered in your name, and make sure you update your information if you move or change phones. Some chip companies require an annual subscription fee to keep your information on file.

Scam Alerts

The truly despicable grandparent scam has struck again. On the morning of March 24, a 79-year-old resident got a call from someone claiming to be a sergeant with the Miami Police Department. The "sergeant" told the resident that the resident's grandson had been arrested in Miami, and needed a large amount of money to post bail. The "sergeant" also asked the resident not to tell anyone else, since his grandson supposedly wanted to keep the matter private. The resident purchased non-refundable Green Dot money cards, and gave the card numbers to the "sergeant" over the phone. The next day, the "sergeant" called the resident back saying his grandson needed yet more money for a flight home. This time the resident contacted a family member, and soon found out that his grandson had never been in Miami. The phone number that the scam artist used originated in Quebec.

This scam just won't go away. Please share this information, especially with senior family members--if they get a call about a relative who is suddenly, with no advance notice, thousands of miles away and in trouble, it is almost certainly not true.

Scam artists are good at creating a sense of urgency and secrecy--don't fall for it. Take time to check out their story. Get a call back number, and then call your "troubled relative" at their regular number, or call other family members at their regular numbers to verify the story. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, you'll find out that your loved one is at home, school or work, and not in some far-away location at all.

Anytime someone you don't know asks you to wire money or pay them with non-refundable MoneyPak or Green Dot cards, they are almost certainly scamming you, and once you pay them, your money is gone--you can't get it back. Worse, once scam artists know someone can be fooled, they'll keep coming back for more money.

Police Beat 1
Northeast Roseville

East Roseville Parkway, residential burglary: Between March 29 and 30, while residents were away, someone pried a front bedroom window and ransacked a home in the 1700 block of Poppy Fields Drive, taking numerous items. .

East Roseville Parkway, trespassing: At 3:14 a.m. March 31, a resident of the 1400 block of Rose Glen Drive was awakened by the sound of someone talking in his garage. Officers arrived in time to meet a suspect exiting from the side garage door, carrying a metal pole. He was talking to himself and seemed disoriented. The 37-year-old Loomis resident was arrested on suspicion of trespassing.

Police Beat 2
East Roseville

Johnson Ranch, bike theft: Overnight March 18/19, someone stole a blue-black Cannondale Profit bike from a car rack in the 2900 block of Barret Drive.

Johnson Ranch, bike theft: Overnight March 25/26, someone stole a black Hyper Spinner BMX-style bike from under a stairwell in the 8800 block of Sierra College Boulevard

South Cirby, vehicle burglary: Between 1 and 5 a.m. March 19, someone got into a car on Lone Tree Court by unknown means, and stole the airbag and other items.

Lead Hill, burglary: Overnight March 28/29, someone broke a window and burglarized a tire shop in the 300 block of North Sunrise Avenue, stealing cash from the office.

Lead Hill, vehicle theft: At about 6 p.m. March 26, someone left a gray 2004 Acura four-door sedan running, with the keys in the ignition, for a few minutes while using an ATM in the 1700 block of Santa Clara. As you probably guessed, the car was stolen. The victim also lost a cell phone and computer that were inside the car.

Police Beat 3
Central Roseville, south of the tracks

Cirbyside, assault & battery: At 2:08 p.m. March 29, officers responded to a report of a disturbance between a taxi driver and his passenger on Sunrise Avenue at Palm Avenue. Officers learned that the intoxicated passenger had been verbally abusive to the driver, and when the driver pulled over to let him out, the passenger blocked the driver from getting back into his cab, and they got into a physical fight. When officers arrived, they saw the suspect punching the driver in the face, and ignoring officers' orders to stop. Officers took the 46-year-old Roseville man into custody and arrested him on suspicion of battery and resisting or delaying officers.

Cresthaven, trailer stolen: Between March 24 and 29, someone stole a white cargo trailer from the 1000 block of Melody Lane.

Theiles Manor, theft: Overnight March 30/31, someone went into an unlocked car in the 400 block of Dudley Drive, and stole a wallet with all its contents. The victim's bank cards were then used in Sacramento.

Folsom Road, burglary: At about 4:30 a.m. March 28, someone pried open the window of a vehicle in the 1000 block of Douglas Boulevard, and stole the stereo and a bag of tools. The suspect was a thin white male wearing a black Raiders jacket with white and gray sleeves.

Police Beat 4
Central Roseville, north of the tracks

Sierra Vista, burglary: Between March 25-27, someone went into a home in the 500 block of Sierra Boulevard via an unlocked back door, and stole cash and jewelry.

Vineyard, vehicle burglary: Overnight March 26/27, someone pried the lock of a car in the 1200 block of Chenin Blanc Circle and stole the stereo.

Los Cerritos, theft: Between 5 and 5:15 p.m. March 27, someone stole a backpack leaf-blower from the back of a pickup in the 300 block of Fremont Street.

Hilltop Circle, theft: Between 8 and 8:30 a.m. March 28, a male went into an auto shop in the 2100 block of March Road, and stole two specialized auto diagnostic tools. He was described as an Hispanic male in his 20s or 30s, 5'7" to 6'0" tall, with short dark hair and possibly a mustache. He drove away in a blue 1998 to 2003 Dodge Durango SUV. If he sounds familiar, please give us a call.

Police Beat 5
North Central Roseville

Highland Reserve, bike theft: Overnight March 24/25, someone stole an unsecured green Diamondback mountain bike from the 500 block of Striped Moss Street.

Highland Reserve, theft: Between 6 and 7 p.m. March 30, someone went into an unlocked car in the 100 block of Halley Glen Drive and took debit and gift cards. The victim's cards were fraudulently used in Elverta and North Highlands.

Police Beat 6
West Roseville

Sun City, burglary: At about 1:45 a.m. March 28, someone pried the door of a drug store in the 1700 block of Pleasant Grove Blvd. and used a chain attached to a white van to haul an ATM out. The ATM was damaged, but not taken. Officers later recovered the stolen white van used in the burglary.

Quail Glen, theft: Overnight March 25/26, someone went into an unlocked car in the 1500 block of Dickinson Drive and stole the stereo and a wallet with all its contents.


Got  a Crime Tip?

Do you have a crime tip about any of these crimes, or any other unsolved Roseville crime? Call us!  Email us! Text us! We don't need to know who you are. 

You can submit a crime tip online by visiting the Roseville Police Department's website at www.roseville.ca.us/police and selecting "Submit a Tip" from the menu on the left.  You'll be redirected to TipSoft's website.  Wireless phone users can text a tip to 274637 ("CRIMES").  Start your tip with the word "ROSEVILLE". 

You can also call Roseville Crime Stoppers at 916-783-STOP with information about crimes.

Alarm Permit Renewals

Have you received a notice from the Roseville False Alarm Reduction Program to renew your burglar alarm or pay an excessive false alarm fee, asking you to send payments to P.O. Box 749879 in Los Angeles? This is a valid, legitimate message on behalf of the City of Roseville and the RPD.

The City of Roseville updated its alarm ordinance last year, requiring annual updates of alarm permits for a $5 fee. These updates help us ensure we have current emergency contact information in case there’s an alarm at your house or place of business. We've contracted with an outside company, Crywolf, to handle our alarm permits and false alarm billing.

For more information on our false alarm reduction program, visit our website at www.roseville.ca.us/police, and click on "alarm information" on the menu on the left side of the page.

How Can I Find My Neighborhood News?

These neighborhood updates are organized geographically by police beat. We’ve divided Roseville into six geographic beat areas, and there are smaller neighborhood areas within each beat. If you'd like to know which beat and neighborhood area you live in, visit our website to view maps.

 

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