Public Safety and Neighborhood News, November 27, 2012

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Craigslist scam: An El Dorado County resident listed her car for sale on Craigslist. An interested buyer who claimed to be from San Francisco contacted her, and said he wanted to deposit money into the seller's bank account to reserve the car for his daughter. The seller gave the "buyer" her bank account information over the phone, and the "buyer" then deposited a check for $3,500 into her account. Soon after that, the "buyer" said that his daughter had obtained a loan to purchase the car, and he wanted his money back. The "buyer" sounded aggressive and pushy every time he called. The seller withdrew $3,500 in cash from her account, met someone claiming to be the buyer's daughter in a store parking lot in Roseville, and gave her the cash. Later the seller was told by her bank that the check that had been deposited into her account was fraudulent, and that she was out the $3,500 in cash she had withdrawn to give to the scam-artists. The suspect who took the cash from the victim was described as a black female adult, 5'6" tall and 250 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, driving a white 4-door sedan.

Tip: According to a local banker, it takes two to seven days for a check or other money deposit to officially "clear" the bank, even if the balance of the recipient bank account appears to increase. Don't spend or act on a check or other money transfer from a stranger until you've contacted your bank to confirm the deposit went through. Never give your bank account or other personal information to a stranger, and don't do business with anyone who's intimidating or tries to pressure you into a sale.

Police Beat 1 (northeast Roseville):

Harding/Galleria area, shed burglarized: Between November 16 and 19, someone broke into a shop building in the 400 block of Berry Street, and took a leaf-blower.

East Roseville Parkway, recovered stolen vehicle and property: At 9 p.m. November 18, a police cadet came across an unoccupied car with a broken axle, blocking a lane of traffic on Taylor Road near Eureka Road. The cadet contacted the registered owner in Antelope, and found that the vehicle had been stolen from in front of his house within the previous few hours. The cadet also discovered a tool bag and stereo face plate inside the car, which had recently been stolen from a car in Rocklin. Neither victim knew their property had been stolen until the cadet contacted them.

Galleria mall area, fight and later vandalism: At about 12:30 a.m. on "Black Friday" morning (November 23), a fight broke out on the upper level of the mall between two groups of teenagers and young adults. We later learned that the two groups were acquainted with each other and had been bumping into each other and exchanging insults, including some gang-related comments, at various locations around the mall before the fight broke out. By the time officers arrived the involved parties had left. At 5 a.m. that morning, a Roseville teenager reported that someone had come to his home in central Roseville and beat on a family car with baseball bats and other objects, causing extensive damage. Officers learned that the teen had been involved in the earlier fight at the mall. It appears that the other group involved in the fight went to his house and damaged the vehicle. Officers continued to investigate, and late Friday night went to a house in Citrus Heights and arrested four people on suspicion of felony vandalism and other related charges: A 21-year-old male, an 18-year-old female, and a 16-year-old boy, all from Citrus Heights, and a 17-year-old boy from Turlock. The fight was recorded by witnesses with cell phones and uploaded onto YouTube. Early media reports theorized that the fight involved shoppers fighting over underwear and other merchandise, but that doesn't appear to have been the case.

Police Beat 2, east Roseville:

Johnson Ranch, cars stolen, later recovered: Overnight November 16/17, someone stole two vehicles belonging to the same couple from an apartment complex at 1801 Eureka Road: A red 2011 Dodge Ram quad-cab pickup, and a gray 1998 Honda Accord four-door sedan. CHP in Rancho Cordova found the Dodge pickup on November 19, undamaged and unoccupied. CHP in Grass Valley found the Honda Accord on November 20, undamaged but with one plate missing. The couple had lost a set of car keys a few weeks prior to the thefts.

South Cirby, vehicle burglary: Overnight November 18/19, someone broke a window of a car parked in the 1600 block of Old Hart Ranch Road, and took a sport coat and a briefcase.

South Cirby, theft from a vehicle: Between 5 p.m. November 22 and 4 p.m. November 23, someone went into an unlocked pickup in the 1800 block of Vista Creek Drive, and took a wallet, checkbook, credit card, tools and other valuables.

Meadow Oaks, residential burglary: Between 5 and 7 p.m. November 20, an unknown suspect forced open a sliding glass door in the rear of a residence in the 1100 block of Cottonwood Drive while the residents were out, and ransacked the bedroom, taking cameras, computers, gold jewelry, and a family keepsake--a World War II bronze combat medal in a handmade wooden display box.

Sierra Gardens, residential burglary: Between 8 p.m. November 20 and 1:20 a.m. November 21, someone went into a house in the 1600 block of Santa Clara Drive through an unlocked back door while the residents were out, moved items around, and took a PlayStation, video games and other small items.

Lead Hill, fraud arrests: At 2:26 a.m. November 23, a witness reported people were loading electronics items into a U-Haul box van behind Walmart on Lead Hill. The reporting party wasn't sure the people had paid for the items, and they were acting suspiciously, wandering in and out of the store. Officers responded, stopped the U-Haul box van on Douglas Boulevard, and contacted the two female occupants. Both were on probation. Officers searched the women and the van, and found numerous gift cards loaded with information from stolen credit cards, and thousands of dollars of merchandise that had been purchased with fraudulent cards. The two women, from Sacramento and Suisun, were arrested for burglary (entering the store with intent to commit fraud) and other related charges.

Police Beat 3, central Roseville south of the railroad yard:

Cresthaven, attempted theft of a boat and trailer: Sometime before 5 a.m. November 17, someone went onto a driveway in the 2300 block of Vernon Street, and tried to steal a fishing boat and trailer, cutting two of the locks and rolling the trailer down the driveway. The unknown suspects were unable to cut all the locks. A witness in the area reported seeing two young people on bicycles in the victim's driveway at about 4 a.m.

Cresthaven, residential burglary: Between 4 p.m. November 20 and 8 a.m. November 21, someone went into a vacant house in the 400 block of Dawnridge Road and stole a paint sprayer and a power saw.

Cresthaven, prowling arrest: At 4:14 a.m. November 26, a newspaper delivery person reported a dark house with an open door in the 200 block of Dawnridge Road. A few minutes later, a resident nearby on Windermere reported catching someone trespassing in his house. Officers detained one woman on foot in the area, searched the neighborhood for other suspects or burglarized houses. The detained woman, a 21-year-old from Citrus Heights, was arrested on suspicion of prowling.

Theiles, stolen and recovered vehicle: Between 4 a.m. and 9 a.m. November 21, someone stole a light blue 1991 Acura Integra sedan from the 200 block of 4th Street. The CHP located the vehicle with some parts and a license plate missing in the north Sacramento area on November 23. The vehicle was returned to the owner.

Theiles, stolen and recovered vehicle: At about 4:30 p.m. November 21, employees of a car sales lot in the 400 block of Riverside Avenue were moving vehicles around, and a lime green 2005 Jeep Wrangler was parked with its keys in the ignition for a short period of time. A white male adult got into the Jeep and drove it away southbound on Riverside Avenue. Sacramento County deputies located the Jeep on November 23, stripped and with a plate missing. They arrested a suspect.

Folsom Road, theft from a vehicle: Overnight November 19/20, someone went into an unlocked vehicle in the 300 block of Zola Avenue, ransacked the glove box, and took a pair of expensive sunglasses.

Police Beat 4, central Roseville north of the railroad yard:

Washington Underpass reminder: We've received complaints about people riding their bicycles on the raised pedestrian sidewalk through the underpass, crowding and bumping into pedestrians. According to the municipal code, bicyclists are required to walk their bikes through this narrow pedestrian walkway. Officers will be checking the area more frequently and issuing citations if needed.

Roseville Heights, update: Last week we told you that on the afternoon of November 13, officers spotted an unlicensed local probationer driving on Pacific Street, tried to stop him, and the driver ditched the car on Atlantic Street and fled. The car was stolen from Antelope, and additional stolen property was found inside the vehicle. The passenger was arrested, but officers weren't able to locate the fleeing driver. At about 4 a.m. November 22, officers stopped the outstanding wanted person, who was riding a bike on Baseline Road near Brady Lane, and took him into custody without incident on last week's stolen vehicle and stolen property charges. He was in possession of wire cutters, shaved car keys and other items commonly used to steal or break into cars. The 27-year-old Roseville resident is being held without bail in the Placer County Jail last week's charges, plus possession of burglar's tools, plus violation of the conditions of his AB109 post-release supervision requirements.

Hilltop Circle, prowling arrests: At 2:32 a.m. on November 26, an officer checked on a vehicle that drove into a truck parking lot in the 1100 block of PFE Road, an area where we've had a problems with thieves stealing fuel from trucks. Officers searched the suspicious vehicle and found several gas tanks, hoses and a pump. Officers formed the opinion that the two men in the vehicle had come to Roseville intending to steal fuel. The 21-year-old male from Carmichael and the 25-year-old male from Sacramento were arrested on suspicion of prowling and possession of burglar's tools.

Police Beat 5, north central Roseville:

Foothills-Junction, car stolen, another stolen car dumped: Overnight November 22/23, someone stole a white 1992 Honda Accord coupe from the 2200 block of Americana Drive. CHP recovered the car, undamaged and unoccupied, in the north Sacramento area the next day. A Roseville officer found a 1996 Honda Civic abandoned in the same block of Americana, which had been stolen on November 18 from Rancho Cordova.

Pleasant Grove, theft from an unlocked vehicle: Between November 9 and 13, someone went into an unlocked vehicle in a driveway in the 1000 block of Danielle Drive, in the Retreat gated community, and took a shopping bag of newly purchased men's clothing, a phone charger and loose change.

Tip: Thefts are less common in gated communities, but they do happen. Even if you live in a gated community, please lock your doors, and don't leave valuables in your car.

Highland Reserve, theft from a vehicle: Between November 17 and 19, someone went into an unlocked vehicle in the 7200 block of Artisan Circle and stole the installed DVD player, prescription eye glasses, a Bluetooth device, and paperwork containing personal identifying information.

Highland Reserve, vandalism: Overnight November 20/21, someone painted graffiti on a garage door and a wooden bench of a home in the 500 block of Twinwood Loop. Sometime after midnight November 21, someone threw eggs and spray-painted a vehicle and a garage door at two addresses on Treecrest Court.

Stanford, theft from a vehicle: Overnight November 18/19, someone went into an unlocked vehicle in a driveway in the 6800 block of Maple Creek Drive, and took a Garmin GPS unit, expensive sunglasses, loose change and other valuables.

Stanford, theft from a vehicle: Overnight November 22/23, someone went into an unlocked vehicle in the 7600 block of Malta Drive and stole the garage door opener, sunglasses, a camera and a debit card, which was used to make fraudulent ATM withdrawals.

Stanford, theft from a vehicle: Between 3 and 9:15 p.m. November 23, someone went into an unlocked car in the 800 block of Pleasant Grove Boulevard, rummaged through the glove box and stole a wallet with the victim's ID.

Police Beat 6, west Roseville:

Quail Glen, vandalism: At about 8:45 p.m. November 18, a resident of the 1600 block of Jonquil Drive heard a noise, looked out and saw a group of kids running away. She discovered that a window in her garage door had been broken.

Quail Glen, vehicle stolen and recovered: Overnight November 22/23, someone stole a green 1996 Honda Civic from the 1500 block of Michener Drive. The Stockton Police Department found it, undamaged and unoccupied, on November 26.

Junction West, residential burglary: Between 6 p.m. November 21 and 8 a.m. November 22, someone went into a home in the 1900 block of Casterbridge Drive while the residents were away and ransacked upstairs bedrooms. It's unknown at this time what was taken. There was no sign of forced entry.

West Park, vandalism: Sometime November 22/23, someone put an unknown substance on the roof of a car in the 3100 block of Overton Way, damaging the paint.

Fiddyment Farms, prowler arrested: At 2:50 a.m. November 24, an alert resident called police to report people prowling around a house under construction in the 4200 block of Brickmason Circle. When officers arrived, a male took off running and concealed himself in a construction lot. Officers searched the area with the help of K9s from the Rocklin Police Department and the Placer County Sheriff's Office, and found the suspect hiding in a large trash can. He was taken into custody. They searched the suspect's car, and found a stolen driver's license from Citrus Heights and other suspected stolen property. The 30-year-old male Roseville resident was arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen property, prowling on private property, delaying officers, and violating his AB109 post-release supervision requirements.