Crime Watch: Police Report Increase in Lawn Maintenance Equipment Thefts, More

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Police Search for Shoplifters

Just before 10 p.m. Sept. 16, two shoplifters fought with security officers in a store parking lot in the 1400 block of Lead Hill, and ran away. Police officers surrounded the area of Lead Hill, Rocky Ridge Drive and Eureka Road and searched for about an hour with the help of a Sacramento Sheriff's helicopter and a K9. Unfortunately, they weren't able to locate the suspects at this time.

Officers will continue to investigate to identify and arrest the shoplifters. The arrest charge will be robbery, since the shoplifters forcibly resisted and took the property when security personnel tried to stop them.

Police Catch Grand Theft Suspect

At 10:46 a.m. Sept. 12, a resident of El Rancho Court called to report that a garden hose spray attachment was missing from his side yard, and that he saw a suspicious person in the area, walking down the street with a bicycle and a lawn mower. Officers responded to the area and found the suspicious male near Sunrise Avenue and Cirby Way. He ran from officers and jumped fences, running through the greenbelt area and several back yards.

Officers surrounded the area and, with the help of a Sacramento Police Department helicopter, eventually arrested the suspect in the 1000 block of Coloma Way. Officers found that tools, lawn maintenance equipment and the bicycle had been stolen from yards, open garages and unlocked backyard sheds on San Simeon Drive, El Rancho Court and Misty Haven Court. Officers found some of the stolen items and returned them to their owners. Several of the stolen tools weren't located.

The suspect, a 39-year-old male from Roseville, was arrested on suspicion of grand theft and other related charges.

Police Report Increase in Lawn Maintenance Equipment Thefts

Over the last few weeks, Roseville Police have seen an increase in lawn mowers and other lawn maintenance equipment. The thefts have included mowers, leaf-blowers, power trimmers and the like, from commercial landscape maintenance crews' pickup beds and trailers.

Police report that the theft are typically occurring during the day, while the landscape crews are working.

On Sept. 12, police arrested a suspect who was found with stolen lawn maintenance equipment (see headline above: Police Catch Grand Theft Suspect), but are searching for other suspects.

Witnesses have reported seeing a man driving a Chevrolet pickup (variously described as a burgundy Silverado pickup, a gold Chevy pickup or a dark gray Silerado pickup) stealing the equipment, according to Roseville Police.

Recent lawn maintenance equipment thefts include:

Just before 11 a.m. Sept. 12, a male was seen stealing a landscaper's power tools (leaf blowers, edgers and a trimmer) from the open bed of a pickup on Junction Blvd. near Park Regency Drive. The suspect was described as a thin white male, 6'0" tall, with short black hair, wearing a white t-shirt and tan pants. He put the stolen items into the back of a gold Chevrolet pickup and drove away eastbound on Junction Blvd.

At about 10:30 a.m. Sept. 17, an unknown suspect stole equipment from a landscaper's truck in the 8800 block of Washington Blvd.

Five Arrested in Apartment Dispute

At 8:40 a.m. Sept. 15, officers responded to a disturbance at an apartment building in the 600 block of Washington Blvd. The officers found that the tenants from two of the apartments had a dispute. One of the tenants involved in the dispute is suspected of asking two male acquaintances to retaliate against the other tenant.

One of these men, a 25-year-old male transient from the Roseville area, kicked and stabbed a knife into the victims' apartment door, and yelled threats. Officers arrested him on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, making criminal threats, and other related charges.

Four other people were arrested on suspicion of instigating or assisting in the assault.

Suspect Turned Off Power at Market, Frozen Food Spoiled

Shortly after midnight Sept. 16, someone cut the lock to the electric box at a market on PFE Road and turned off the power, causing frozen food in the market to thaw and spoil. A suspect seen in video surveillance appeared to be a white male wearing a blue shirt and shorts. He was also seen looking underneath trucks parked by the business.

Suspect Robs Carpet Installer

At about 12:30 p.m. September 11, a man was installing carpet in a vacant apartment in the 1800 block of Junction Blvd., when an unknown suspect walked in, implied he had a gun, and demanded money from the installer. The suspect took money from the victim's wallet and left in a brown vehicle (no further description).

The robber was described as a black male in his early 40s, 6'2" tall and 200 pounds, with a mustache. He was wearing a brown hooded jacket with the hood pulled up, and blue jeans. The victim didn't see a gun, but the suspect gestured toward his waistband, implying he had a gun.

Catalytic Converter Thefts:

Between 6 p.m. Sept. 15 and 7:15 a.m. Sept. 16, someone stole two catalytic converters from a Toyota Tundra pickup parked in the 1800 block of Stonecrest Drive.

Vehicle-Related Crime:

Tuesday, Sept. 4

Overnight on Sept. 4/5, someone keyed a vehicle (used a key or other sharp object to scratch the paint) in the 8200 block of Sienna Loop.

Friday, Sept. 7

Between Sept. 7 and 12, someone took a garage door opener and other small items from a possibly unlocked pickup in the 300 block of Diamond Oaks Road.

Saturday, Sept. 8

Overnight Sept. 8/9, someone broke the windshield of a car in the 1600 block of Etchingham Drive.

Monday, Sept. 10

Overnight Sept. 10/11, someone went into an unlocked car in the 4000 block of Cremery Way and stole a wallet containing cash, ID and credit cards.

Saturday, Sept. 15

Between 3:30 and 5:15 p.m. Sept. 15, someone stole a purse containing ID and credit cards from the trunk of an unlocked car in the 1800 block of Eureka Road. Someone broke the window of another car in the same lot and stole the stereo.

Between 10 p.m. Sept. 15 and 3 a.m. Sept. 16, someone went into an unlocked car parked in a driveway in the 600 block of Grove Street, and took a radar detector, a phone charger, and sunglasses.


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