Sacto 9-1-1
January 9, 2012
Arrests begin with shoplifting, end with classic car theft, Rocklin police say

Between them, two men are suspected of committing a wide variety of crimes on Sunday, Rocklin police said.

Included in the crimes the pair are suspected of committing: possible shoplifting, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a sawed-off shotgun and the theft of a classic car.

Police said the arrests began with a simple shoplifting call about 3 p.m. Sunday at the Kmart store, 5615 Pacific Street. The man suspected by store security had fled when officers arrived.

However, officers found a vehicle in the parking lot with two people they say are "associated" with the alleged shoplifter. One was on parole and officers found a sawed-off shotgun, drug paraphernalia and ammunition inside the vehicle.

Scott Sweed, 42 of Fairfield, was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm and other charges police said.

A short time later, a man matching the description of being the shoplifter was reported going door-to-door at the Rocklin Mobile Home Park, less than a mile from Kmart.

Officers responded but just missed him again. Then, about 7:30 p.m., officers responded to a car theft at the Taco Bell, 4340 Rocklin Road. Somebody who looked like the shoplifter had stolen a 1967 Chevrolet Bel Air.

The car theft was broadcast to other agencies and in about 10 minutes a California Highway Patrol officer had spotted the car in Sacramento County. The driver was arrested.

Michael Knight, 39, of Vacaville, a parolee at large, according to Rocklin police press release, was arrested on suspicion of taking a car and two other charges.

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