Sacto 9-1-1
November 10, 2013
Two men arrested in alleged "bait bike" thefts

By Tillie Fong

Two men were arrested for suspicion of stealing bait bikes in midtown Sacramento last week.

At 10:14 p.m. last Wednesday, a bait bike parked near 20th and J streets was moved, activating its tracking sensor, police said. The signal led officers to 8th and K streets and from there to a light rail train.

Police officers stopped the train, boarded and confronted a passenger holding the bait bike. Police arrested 31-year-old Robert Gordon, 31, (pictured) for investigation of possessing stolen property. Gordon released from Sacramento County jail on Saturday.


The next day, at 10:46 p.m., police officers were alerted to another bait bike parked in the 1000 block of Alhambra Boulevard. They found a suspect a short distance away who allegedly was in the process of dismantling the bike.

The suspect was identified as Raul Esteban Lujan, 47, (pictured below). He was taken into custody for investigation of possessing stolen property. He remained in Sacramento County Jail Sunday on $40,000 bond.

Police said arrests were indications that the bait bike program in midtown is working.

The program began earlier this year after a rash of bicycle thefts from the downtown area from 18th to 19th streets and L Street to Capitol Mall.

Two bicycles purchased by the business district in July were equipped with tracking sensors and parked in various locales in the area. The bicycles' sensors are activated when the bikes are moved.


November 9, 2013
Authorities seek Granite Bay pharmacy robbery suspect

A man who robbed a Granite Bay pharmacy Friday night remains at large, authorities said.

A white male in his 20s entered the CVS store on Auburn Folsom Road shortly before 9 p.m. and demanded the pharmacist furnish him with "specific prescription medications," according to a Placer County Sheriff's Office news release.

The suspect was wearing a dark beanie hat, sunglasses, a heavy coat and dark baggy pants. The man handed a note to the pharmacist, stating that he had a gun, police said.

After taking some medications, the suspect fled on foot. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact the Placer County Sheriff's Office at (530) 889-7800.

October 31, 2013
Sacramento man accused of stealing landscaping equipment in Davis

A Sacramento man has been arrested on suspicion of grand theft in connection with several thefts of landscaping equipment in Davis in recent months.

Between Aug. 27 and Oct. 15, Davis police took nine reports of incidents involving someone stealing equipment from landscaping companies, resulting in significant losses to the firms.

Similar thefts occurred on the UC Davis campus and in Woodland, according to a Davis Police Department news release.

Police identified a possible suspect and today, with the assistance of he Sacramento County Sheriff's Office, they executed multiple search warrants in Sacramento County. Omar Zavala, 18, was subsequently arrested and booked into Yolo County Jail.

October 17, 2013
Rocklin police search turns up attempt burglary suspect

imageContent.html.jpegRocklin police arrested a Sacramento man who they said fled from them when they tried to question him early this morning.

Donald Lee McGuckin, 46, (pictured) was eventually arrested on suspicion of attempted commercial burglary, possession of burglary tools and possession of narcotics paraphernalia.

A police press release said officers saw a vehicle being driven in an alley behind a closed business in the 4000 block of Granite Drive about 2:33 a.m. Thursday. Officers tried to speak with the driver, but he fled on foot.

More officers responded and the area was surrounded. McGuckin was taken into custody in a nearby business complex.

Where the officers first tried to speak with McGuckin, police found a broken front window on a business. It did not appear that anyone got inside.

October 17, 2013
Rocklin police and Sierra College team up to stop catalytic converter theft

catalytic converter.JPGTo stem the theft of catalytic converters, a crime that occurred 73 times last year in Rocklin, police and Sierra College are partnering to etch the expensive smog control devices with license plate numbers.

Rocklin Police and the Sierra College Auto Club are holding a free catalytic converter etching event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Sierra College campus auto shop, 5000 Rocklin Road.

At the event, which is not limited to Rocklin residents, the plate number will be etched into the converter, the area around the etching will be painted to allow for easy recognition and each vehicle will get a small window decal noting that Rocklin PD has etched the device.

October 17, 2013
Second man booked in Auburn stolen meat caper

8637519B-1CF0-4A07-8E16-89FFFB12D75E.jpgAuburn police have arrested a second man in connection with the theft of packaged meat from the Salvation Army.

Following up on leads obtained after the theft of meat from the Salvation Army last week, detectives arrested Richard Earl Means, 49, (pictured) of Penryn on Wednesday on suspicion of grand theft and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Last week, police booked an alleged accomplice, Jeff Holzman, into Placer County Jail on suspicion of burglary, being a felon in possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, and violation of his post release community supervision conditions, according to a Police Department news release.

Officers went to the Salvation Army quarters at 286 Sutter St. Oct. 9 regarding a theft report. They were told that, two people had gained access to the freezer and taken more than 300 pounds of packaged meat. The food is provided through charitable donations to help feed the homeless and needy families in the Auburn area.

Detectives followed up on leads and located most of the stolen meat at a business in Penryn. They took custody of the packaged meat, photographed it and returned it to the Salvation Army.

October 16, 2013
Thieves target walnuts in Sutter County

The Sutter County Sheriff's Office is advising residents to be on the lookout for people stealing nuts.

Officials report an increase in agricultural thefts in the county, primarily involving walnuts. More than 10,000 pounds of Chandler walnuts were taken Tuesday night from an area south of Messick Road, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

Residents are urged to report any suspicious activity to the Sutter County Sheriff's Office at (530) 822-7307. Tip information also may be left anonymously on the sheriff's website at

October 14, 2013
Short voyage lands two in Sacramento brig

Two men were arrested on suspicion of sailing a stolen dinghy to West Sacramento.

When the owner of the sailboat saw his boat drifting in the river in the Sacramento Marina not far from Miller Park on Saturday afternoon he called police.

Two men, Kirk Sharrah, 49, and Max Wilson, 41, were met by police on the West Sacramento side of the river and placed under arrest.

Sharrah was arrested on suspicion of receiving stolen property. He was also booked on outstanding warrants, including evasion of paying transportation fares and unlawful camping.

Wilson was also booked on suspicion of receiving stolen property. He had outstanding warrants for unlawful camping and solicitation at a freeway on- or off-ramp.

October 10, 2013
Man accused of stealing meat from Salvation Army in Auburn

Jeff Holzman.pngAuburn police have arrested a 41-year-old man in connection with the theft of packaged meat from the Salvation Army.

Jeff Holzman (pictured) was booked into Placer County Jail today on suspicion of burglary, being a felon in possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, and violation of his post release community supervision conditions, according to a Police Department news release.

Officers went to the Salvation Army quarters at 286 Sutter St. Wednesday regarding a theft report. They were told that between Friday and Tuesday, two people had gained access to the freezer and taken more than 300 pounds of packaged meat. The food is provided through charitable donations to help feed the homeless and needy families in the Auburn area.

October 8, 2013
Suspect in Lake Tahoe-area bank robberies arrested in Reno

harnett james patrick.pngA man suspected of committing two Lake Tahoe-area bank robberies has been arrested in Reno.

James Patrick Harnett (pictured), 49, of San Francisco, was taken into custody at the Reno Transit Center about 5 p.m. Monday by Placer County sheriff's deputies, assisted by the Washoe County Sheriff's Office. Harnett was considered armed and dangerous, as well as a flight risk, according to a Placer County Sheriff's Office news release.

Harnett is suspected of robbing the Bank of the West in Kings Beach on Aug. 23 and the El Dorado Savings Bank in South Lake Tahoe two days earlier.

October 8, 2013
Couple sleeping in illegally parked car jailed after search yields suspected stolen property

Two Sacramento County residents were arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen property and drugs after they were found sleeping in a vehicle near a boat ramp in Clarksburg.

A Yolo County sheriff's deputy spotted a vehicle that was parked illegally at Merritt's Landing Boat Ramp on South River Road at County Road 142 about 10:20 a.m. Sunday and found two people sleeping inside. The two were identified as Alwin Reynon Santiago, 37, of Elk Grove and Tanya Rae Hailey, 35, of Sacramento.

A search of the vehicle turned up several driver's licenses, Social Security cards, documents and personal account information that did not belong to either Santiago or Hailey, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. Shaved keys, drug paraphernalia and .18 grams of methamphetamine also were found in the vehicle, officials said.

October 8, 2013
Police suspect 12-year-old used to take watch at Roseville Galleria

miller_leo_anthony.jpgRoseville police suspect a man and woman of committing a variety of crimes, including using a 12-year-old to shoplift a watch for them.

Roseville police said that on Oct. 1, they received a call from the Hugo Boss store at the Galleria mall. Police were told that a family that frequently visited their store was back and that it appeared the adults distracted a clerk while their young daughter took a watch.

On Saturday afternoon, the adults were back at the store. This time, officers arrested them.

Officers said the man, Leo Anthony Miller, 35, and Terry Ziko, 35, both of Carmichael were in possession of false identification. Further investigation led police to believe the couple bought a pickup from a dealer at the Roseville Automall using fake identification.

ziko_terry.jpgThe pair was arrested on suspicion of burglary (entering store to commit theft and fraud), credit fraud, child abuse and other charges.

Police are continuing their investigation.

October 7, 2013
West Sacramento man convicted in wire theft that halted trains

A West Sacramento man has been convicted in a wire theft incident that halted train traffic between California and Nebraska.

A Yolo County jury last week found 31-year-old Jason Stark guilty of felony vandalism, felony petty theft with prior convictions and possession of narcotics paraphernalia, according to a District Attorney's Office news release.

Authorities said that on June 25, the Union Pacific Railroad controller in Omaha, Neb., received a signal alert to a problem on the tracks in West Sacramento. The controller immediately dispatched a signalman, who arrived at the location within 20 minutes. The signalman saw Stark shove railroad signal cables that he had cut up into his backpack, then ride off on his bicycle down Sacramento Avenue.

October 5, 2013
Sacramento deputies arrest three, discover marijuana grow after shoplifting incident

NIK.YAKIMENKOx2976153 (1).jpgSacramento County sheriff's deputies arrested a 40-year-old man today following a shoplifting incident at Wal-Mart in which a suspect brandished a Taser at a loss prevention officer, according to authorities.

Deputies arrested Nikolayevi Yakimenko on suspicion of robbery as well as an unrelated charge of cultivation of marijuana after a grow was found at his home, sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman said in a news release. Both are felonies.

The incident began about 6 a.m., when a loss prevention officer at a Wal-Mart on Antelope Road attempted to detain two people suspected of shoplifting, Bowman said.

The suspects resisted, and one brandished a Taser at the officer, threatening to hurt him if he followed, Bowman said.

NAT.YAKIMENKOx3180555.jpgThe loss prevention officer wrote down the license plate of the vehicle the suspects used to get away and contacted the Sheriff's Department. When deputies arrived at the registered owner's home, the suspect vehicle was parked nearby, Bowman said.

Deputies were trying to make contact at the home when four people ran from the home. Three were caught; one was Yakimenko, Bowman said.

Deputies also arrested Igor Ivanov, 29, in connection with outstanding warrants and Natalya Yakimenko, 40. She was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor resisting arrest and felony cultivation of marijuana.


October 3, 2013
Four arrested in connection with recent Rocklin burglaries

Rocklin Police announced the arrest off four people in connection with recent burglaries.

About 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Rocklin officers responded to a report of a burglary in progress at 6509 Winter Rush Drive where a white man had been seen entering a residence through a first-floor window. While officers and detectives were searching the area for the suspect, Sacramento County sheriff's detectives, who were also conducting a burglary investigation, povided Rocklin detectives with information about a possible subject of interest in other residential burglaries in their jurisdiction. It was later learned that a home at 6033 Equestrian Terrace in Rocklin also had been burglarized and was possibly related to the investigation, according to a Police Department news release.

Information gathered by both agencies was used to identify two suspects, Michael Scott Sommers, 22, of Orangevale, and Steven Espino, 18, of Sacramento. Both men were detained by Sacramento County sheriff's deputies, and items stolen in the Equestrian Terrace burglary were recovered, police said. During a subsequent probation search of Sommers' Orangevale residence, other possibly stolen items were recovered.

October 1, 2013
Two men arrested following string of Granite Bay burglaries

lowe joshua michael.jpgA resident's report early this morning of a suspicious looking man in a Granite Bay neighborhood led to arrests in connection with a series of burglaries that have occurred in the community over the past week.

At 5:18 a.m., A Placer County sheriff's deputy responded to the resident's call and found Felipe Castro, 49, next to a vehicle near Auburn Folsom Rod and Eden Roc Drive. Deputies spoke with Castro but had no reason to detain him, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. Deputies continued to watch the vehicle, however, believing it might be related to the recent burglaries.

A short time later, Joshua Michael Lowe (pictured), 31, got into the vehicle and drove off with Castro, sheriff's officials said. Deputies pulled over the vehicle and found Lowe, the vehicle's registered owner, in possession of methamphetamine and stolen stereo equipment, sheriff's officials said. As deputies were talking to Lowe and Castro, the Sheriff's Department received more reports of vehicle burglaries in the area.

October 1, 2013
Burglaries down, aggravated assault up, according to UC Davis stats

daviscop.JPGThe annual crime statistics for UC Davis show a big drop in burglaries from the year before.

Each year, the university must collect the crime figures under the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.

The Clery report tallies crimes at locations that include the University of California, Davis campus and the UC Davis Health System campus in Sacramento. It also includes reports taken by police agencies with jurisdiction next to university properties.

October 1, 2013
Report: Shop owners vow to fight charges they sold livestock illegally

Feathers were scattered all over the ground and a sign read, "Live and Fresh Chickens." A south Sacramento market gave off such a foul stench that neighbors reported them to police, leading to the discovery of a large stash of live chickens, Fox40 reports. The owners of the store say they are fighting the charges that they were illegally selling the chickens, according to Fox40.

September 30, 2013
Carjacking leads to arrests of two men in Citrus Heights

Two stolen vehicles were recovered by Citrus Heights police with the help of an alert citizen.

Police said that at 3 p.m. Saturday, two men in an SUV cornered a man in his car after a road rage incident near Lichen and Carmelwood Drive. Police said that they intimidated the man into giving up his Honda sedan.

An alert citizen saw what was happening and got the license plate number of the sport utility vehicle and provided the information to police. The SUV was reported stolen, police said.

Police found the SUV nearby and took David Issac, 33, into custody. Officers also found stolen property in the SUV.

Police eventually found the Honda being stripped in Carmichael. Christopher Long, believed by police to be the man who drove it from the scene of the earlier car-jacking, was arrested, according to a Citrus Heights police press release.

Police lauded the eye witness who provided information leading the arrests.

"The witness in this case kept a safe distance, obtained great information and alerted police in a timely manner," stated the press release.

September 27, 2013
Mother, daughter arrested on suspicion of credit card fraud at Cache Creek Casino

Two women are in custody after allegedly committing credit card fraud at the Cache Creek Casino Resort, authorities said.

The mother-daughter pair were arrested on suspicion of burglary, grand theft, unauthorized use of a credit card and conspiracy, according to a Yolo County Sheriff's Office news release.

Regina Payne, 44, of Rancho Cordova allegedly completed nine fraudulent credit card transactions totaling more than $34,000 at the tribal casino with the assistance of daughter Keitisha Tucker, 26, a casino cashier.

September 25, 2013
Arrest made in purse purloined from Roseville church pew

Valdez.JPGA man was arrested on suspicion of stealing a purse from a Roseville church pew when the parishioner went forward for communion.

Roseville police said that the theft occurred at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church on Vine Avenue during a weekend service. Officers arrested Derek Timothy Valdez, 22, (pictured) of Roseville on suspicion of burglary (entering the church with intent to steal) and possessing stolen property.

Police said the church had recently experienced two similar thefts. Witnesses saw a man take the woman's unattended purse from a pew while she went to the front of the sanctuary for communion.

Witnesses called police and followed the thief, who rode away on a bicycle. Officers said they found Valdez trying to hide in a store in the 1900 block of Douglas Boulevard.

Credit cards and other items from the victim's purse were recovered.

September 13, 2013
More Sacramento County park rangers to be added to force

Four more rangers will be added to patrol Sacramento County Regional parks.

Two rangers were added in 2012 and four new positions have been approved by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, bringing the total number of rangers to 20, according to a county press release.

Sacramento County park rangers patrol 15,000 acres of parkland. Adding the new rangers allows for more patrols in the American River Parkway and other recreation areas, according to Jeff Leatherman, regional parks director.

September 12, 2013
Lodi school secretary suspected of embezzlement

A Lodi school secretary is suspected of embezzling parent club funds, police said.

Lodi police on Tuesday arrested Susan Taylor, a 58-year-old secretary at Millswood Middle School, on two counts of embezzlement and one count of filing a false police report.

Taylor, who has access to Parent Club funds, filed a police report in April that indicated $1,000 was stolen from the club. Taylor told police that a woman had come to the school and picked up the money for the club treasurer.

September 4, 2013
Federal jury convicts man in Nevada County crime spree

A resident of Rough and Ready has been found guilty of a 2011 crime spree in Nevada County that involved mail and identity theft.

A federal jury in Sacramento on Tuesday convicted Jasen Lynn Dushane, 38, of one count of possession of stolen United States mail, one count of possession of unauthorized access devices with intent to defraud, and aggravated identity theft, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. The guilty verdicts were returned after a five-day trial before U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley.

According to information presented at trial, about 2:25 a.m. June 5, 2011, a Nevada County sheriff's deputy observed a silver Lexus sedan southwest of Nevada City. He checked the license plate number of the vehicle and confirmed that it had been reported stolen.

August 15, 2013
Landscaper in East Sacramento robbed of lawnmower

A landscaper in East Sacramento was robbed at gunpoint and the thief took his lawnmower.

Fox40 reports lawnmower thefts aren't all that uncommon.

August 14, 2013
South Lake Tahoe police recover items stolen in vacation rental burglaries

A stolen motorcycle and neighbors who reported a man acting suspiciously led to recovery of items stolen in recent burglaries of several vacation rentals in South Lake Tahoe.

About 9 a.m. Tuesday, South Lake Tahoe police officers were conducting an investigation in the area of Elwood Avenue when they noticed a man standing next to motorcycle. The officers observed that after the man saw them, he left the motorcycle and began walking away from it.

When officers concluded their business in the area, the were told by neighbors that the man seemed to be acting suspiciously and had taken off on foot after police were out of his line of sight.

August 9, 2013
Suspected of burglary, man out on bail lands back in jail

rogers jason earl aug 2013.jpgA Citrus Heights man who was out of jail on bail awaiting trial for several residential burglaries was arrested this morning in Placer County, accused of breaking into additional homes in the area.

Jason Earl Rogers (pictured), 31, was booked into Placer County Jail on suspicion of residential burglary, according to a Sheriff's Office news release. Officials said he had recently bailed out of jail pending a jury trial. He is suspected of breaking into homes in Granite Bay, Roseville and Folsom.

Rogers is being held in lieu for $255,000 bail.

August 7, 2013
Burglary-related search leads to two arrests in Davis

Two men were arrested after Davis police served a search warrant related to a string of burglaries and thefts that occurred recently in the city.

The Police Department in cooperation with the county narcotics team served the warrant Tuesday at 2526 E. Eighth St. The search turned up narcotics intended for sale, an illegal gun magazine and two firearms, according to a Police Department news release.

Taken into custody were Vicente Herrera, 19, and Jessie Herrera, 35, both of Davis. The two men were booked into Yolo County Jail.

August 7, 2013
Auburn restaurant seeks return of Flying Pig mascot

Super Porky 2.jpgThe apparent abduction of Super Porky, mascot of the Flying Pig BBQ, has Auburn-area residents on the lookout for a wooden pink pig with a blue cape.

Described as the size of small dog and weighing about 45 pounds, Super Porky (pictured) required two chains to keep him aloft, suspended from the awning above the entrance to the restaurant at 760 Lincoln Way.

Manager Matt Van De Wal said the pig was there when he closed the restaurant about 9 p.m. Friday. When the restaurant reopened about 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Super Porky was gone.

August 6, 2013
Auburn police arrest man following string of burglaries

Woodhouse.jpgAuburn police arrested a man this morning in connection with a string of burglaries that occurred recently at various locations in the city.

Officers following up on leads spotted the suspect vehicle parked in the lot of the Colonial Village Apartments on New Airport Road about 6 a.m. While watching the vehicle, they saw a man who looked like the individual in surveillance video get into the car and start to drive off in it.

Officers stopped the vehicle as it left the apartment complex.

August 5, 2013
Auburn police investigate string of residential burglaries

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Auburn police investigating several recent residential burglaries are seeking to locate a vehicle and possible person of interest in the case.

Seven residential burglaries have been reported in the city since July 25, according to a Police Department news release. They occurred in the 300 block of Linda Avenue, 100 block of Easy Way, 12000 block of Shockley Court, 100 block of Shockley Court, 300 block of Kevin Court, 100 block of Olive Street and 100 block of California Street.

The intruder has entered the residences through open garages or doors. On one occasion, police said, the individual used a garage door opener, which was taken from a victim's unlocked vehicle.

August 2, 2013
Suspected accidental shooting leads Butte County detectives to stolen weapons

A man suspected of accidentally shooting a girl in the back was arrested after Butte County sheriff's deputies determined that he was prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition.

The Sheriff's Office received a call Sunday from a staff member at Oroville Medical Center, who reported that a female juvenile with a gunshot wound to the back had just arrived in the emergency room.

Deputies went to the medical center and learned that the girl likely had been accidentally shot by an acquaintance, 26-year-old Donald Patrick Browning. Although statements from witnesses and physical evidence indicated that the shooting was an accident, it also was determined that Browning was prohibited from having guns and ammunition, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

August 1, 2013
Southern California pair accused of Placerville theft

Two Southern California residents were arrested early Wednesday, accused of stealing a trailer from a Placerville business.

Officers were dispatched at 12:37 a.m. to a report of a burglary in progress at Placerville Polaris. The reporting party told police that a truck left the business with a trailer.

Officers in the area stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Daniel Kinsley, 42, of Redondo Beach and the passenger as Shaunna Weiss, 30, of La Mirada. The two were found to be possessing burglary tools, according to a Police Department news release.

August 1, 2013
Craigslist listed clubs determined stolen from Roseville golf course

jefferson_john_david.JPGPolice arrested a man after tracing clubs stolen from a golf course in Roseville.

Roseville police said that on July 24 someone took an unattended golf bag from outside the restaurant at Woodcreek Golf Course. The golfer later noticed his stolen golf clubs listed for sale on Craigslist.

The golfer notified the Roseville Police Department and officers investigated the online classified sale. Officers determined that the Craigslist seller had bought the clubs from another person not knowing they were stolen.

On July 30, officers searched a home on Sandburg Court and recovered more items stolen from the golfer. They arrested John David Jefferson, 30, of Roseville, on suspicion of grand theft, police said.

July 31, 2013
Rocklin police seek burglary, identity theft suspect

Rocklin suspect.jpgRocklin suspect vehicle.jpgRocklin police seek help identifying a suspect in a case involving burglary and identity theft.

On June 18, a purse was stolen from a vehicle at Sierra College. The victim's credit card subsequently was used at a local gas station and several others businesses in and around Rocklin, according to a Police Department news release.

Two people were seen driving what police described as a 2010 or newer Toyota 4 Runner (pictured) with a white-colored paper dealer plate and white writing on the front of the vehicle.

July 31, 2013
Placer detectives seek to identify home burglary suspects

Placer suspect 1.jpgPlacer suspect 2.pngThe Placer County Sheriff's Office is asking the public's help in identifying four suspects in the July 16 burglary of a Roseville-area home.

Among items taken from the home on Whyte Avenue was an ATM card. The suspects reportedly attempted to use the card at a Carmichael ATM. Authorities released photos taken of the individuals during that transactions.

One suspect is a woman and the other three are men, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

Anyone who can identify the suspects is asked to call Detective Chris Glaspell at (916) 652-2445. Callers wishing to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest or arrests are asked to call Placer County Crime Stoppers at (800) 923-8191.
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July 27, 2013
Driver arrested after car chase, three passengers go to hospital

By Brittany Torrez
Three occupants of a stolen vehicle, including two young children, were taken to an area hospital MCGEE, MATTHEW-23.JPGafter a brief car case led to the arrest of the car's 23-year-old driver for investigation of vehicle theft, Sacramento police said today.

The motorist, identified as Matthew McGee, fled in the car from the area of Bell Avenue and Raley Boulevard after officers identified the vehicle as stolen.

During the brief chase, which occurred shortly before 3:30 p.m. Friday, the car struck a pole and traffic signal equipment before McGee jumped from the driver's seat and fled on foot.

After he was captured, police discovered the children, ages 6 and 2, in the back seat.

Both children were taken to the hospital as a precaution, police said. Their mother was taken to the hospital for treatment.

In addition to the vehicle theft charge, McGee was booked for investigation of felony child endangerment, felony hit and run and resisting arrest.

July 26, 2013
Information on stolen computer may have led to second home burglary

Yolo County sheriff's detectives have arrested two men in connection with the burglaries of two homes belonging to the same victims.

Ronald Steven McNair of Placerville and Matthew Lee Boyle of Sacramento were taken into custody Thursday after detectives from the Yolo and Placer county sheriff's departments executed a search warrant in the 4900 block of Gardenia Way in Sacramento. The search warrant was a result of a monthlong investigation into the burglaries of a home on Black Hawk Drive in Davis and that victim's vacation home in Soda Springs, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

Investigators believe that information contained in the victim's laptop computer, taken in the first burglary, directed the suspects to the victim's vacation home. Both homes were ransacked, and the victims reported the theft of more than $50,000 in personnel property, including electronics, furniture, fine art and sterling silver. Sheriff's officials said several thousand dollars worth of property were recovered.

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call the Yolo County sheriff's investigation unit at (530) 668-5212.

July 26, 2013
Man has second thoughts about South Lake Tahoe bank robbery

A clean shaven man in his 70s had second thoughts about robbing a South Lake Tahoe bank on Thursday.

The man entered the El Dorado Savings Bank, 3443 Lake Tahoe Blvd., about 3:30 p.m. and handed the teller a note demanding money. No weapon was seen.

It then appeared that the man changed his mind about bank robbery, according to a police press release. He left the bank, exiting through the front door.

He was last seen riding away from the bank on a girl's bike with a large basket on the front.

July 25, 2013
UPDATE: Two booked in connection with big ATM withdrawal from Rancho Cordova store

Colby Osborne mugshot.jpgAngelia Walls.jpgThe Sacramento County Sheriff's Department has identified the two people taken into custody this morning for allegedly making a withdrawal of an entire ATM from a Rancho Cordova store.

Arrested and booked into Sacramento County Jail were Colby Dean Osborne (left photo), 28, and Antelia Kathryn Walls (right photo), 34.

Rancho Cordova police were called about 4 a.m. to the Walgreens pharmacy, 4050 Sunrise Blvd., where the cash machine was ripped from inside the store and the front doors were heavily damaged.

July 22, 2013
Rash of midtown armed robberies has police on alert

Sacramento police are investigating four armed robberies one attempted robbery on midtown streets over the weekend.

Police have taken steps to saturate the midtown with officers since the rash of stickups.

There did not appear to be any similar holdups overnight. Detectives are investigating the crimes today.

July 16, 2013
Roseville police arrest Turlock pair in thefts from coin machines

patrias_cynthia_j.pngmiller_robert_jesse.pngRoseville police have arrested two Turlock residents suspected in a series of thefts from coin-operated machines that have occurred throughout the region in recent months.

Taken into custody were Cynthia J. Patrias (left photo) and Robert J. Miller (right photo), both 49. They were arrested on suspicion of grand theft, conspiracy and other related offenses.

Between June 14 and 21, Roseville officers responded to four thefts from coin-operated machines at a laundry on Folsom Road and at car washes on Eureka and Taylor roads and Pleasant Grove Boulevard. The suspects entered the businesses in the early morning hours, drilled the locks to the coin boxes and stole the coins, according to a Police Department news release.

July 12, 2013
Auburn police identify suspect in business burglaries

Barber Photo.jpgAuburn police announced today that they have obtained an arrest warrant for a man suspected of burglarizing a local business on three occasions earlier this year.

After an investigation, Auburn Detective Dustin McLaughlin, with the assistance of the Modesto Police Department, identified Ryan Howard Barber as the suspect in burglaries that occurred Jan. 8, March 18 and April 4 at Sirius Stamps and Treasures, 816 Lincoln Way.

The intruder took several collectible items during each burglary, according to a Police Department news release.

July 5, 2013
Two arrested, linked to thefts in Woodland, Davis

Woodland police report that an investigation into recent thefts throughout Yolo County has resulted in two arrests and recovery of property associated with a dozen different cases, including thefts from the city's Public Works Department.

Police reported that two box trailers, including one containing miscellaneous tools, were stolen from the city's Municipal Service Center, 655 N. Pioneer Ave., between 5 p.m. June 22 and 7:30 a.m. June 24.

Investigators from the Yolo County Gang Task Force and the Yolo County Narcotics Enforcement Team conducted an investigation into these thefts as well as other recent thefts of property countywide.

July 5, 2013
Sacramento police book man for allegedly pelting cars with rocks

JOHNSON, MARQUETTE -43.JPGSacramento police have arrested a man for allegedly throwing rocks at cars and tussling with officers at a road leading into downtown.

Marquette M. Johnson, 43, was booked on suspicion of vandalism and resisting arrest.

A police activity report noted that that Johnson is suspected of throwing rocks at cars, damaging the windshield of one vehicle. Once officers arrived at the scene, North 12th Street and Sitka Street, about 9:30 a.m. Thursday, they said Johnson was argumentative, hostile and not complying with commands.

A struggle with the officers began when Johnson allegedly attempted to flee the scene. Police quickly took him into custody.

July 5, 2013
Scuffle escalates into alleged hate crime at Auburn mini-mart

Auburn officers say that a man who wanted to take a cool drink on a very hot day got arrested for a hate crime on Thursday.

Officers responded to a 7-Eleven convenience market, 500 Auburn Ravine Road, about 10 a.m. Thursday where they say James Counts, 20, got into a scuffle with a store clerk. The clerk had accused Counts of taking a fountain drink from the store without paying.

Police say that during the incident, Counts allegedly made derogatory comments about the clerk's race. The clerk received minor injuries but he did not seek medical treatment.

Counts was arrested on suspicion of robbery and committing a hate crime, police said.

His bail was set at $50,000.

July 3, 2013
Sheriff's Department seeks identity of suspects in jewelry theft

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department is asking the public's help in identifying two suspected jewelry thieves shown in a surveillance video below.

On Monday, two individuals entered the Sharif Jewelers store near Howe Avenue and Hurley Way in the Arden Arcade area. Once inside,one of the suspects approached a store employee and asked to see a piece of jewelry, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. As the first suspect tried on the jewelry, the second suspect held the front door open. Both of the suspects then fled the store on foot and went into an adjacent apartment complex.

Anyone who knows the identity of the individuals in the video is asked to submit a tip anonymously at, by texting to 274637 and entering the keyword SSD, or by calling (916) 874-8477.

July 3, 2013
Placer County deputies release pictures of credit card theft suspects

tahoe burg 1 july 2013.JPGtahoe burg 2 july 2013.JPGtahoe burg 3 july 2013.JPGThe North Tahoe station of the Placer County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in finding three women suspected of using stolen credit cards.

Deputies released security camera pictures taken during their use of the stolen cards in Tahoe City and Truckee. The cards were taken when a car was broken into.

Deputies said the women had a silver, four-door car. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective John Riella at (530) 581-6325.

June 27, 2013
Traffic stop in South Lake Tahoe ends in arrest, sap confiscation

john liska.JPGWeapons.jpgA traffic stop in South Lake Tahoe of a convicted felon from Alaska resulted in his arrest on suspicion of burglary, possession of a sap and other charges.

An officer stopped a vehicle being driven by John Liska, 34, (pictured) in South Lake Tahoe at 6 p.m.Wednesday. Another officer recognized Liska's name as a suspect in a May vehicle burglary.

In the vehicle burglary, a check was stolen, forged and passed for cash at a South Lake Tahoe bank. Liska was arrested.

According to authorities, a search of Liska and his vehicle turned up a stolen firearm, ammunition, metal knuckles, an illegal spring-loaded knife and a sap, described by police as a flat, leather covered lead rod (pictured).

Police said it is against the law to possess a sap in California.

June 26, 2013
Roseville man sentenced to prison for credit card fraud

A Roseville man has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for credit card fraud.

U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller also ordered Vasilyevi Berezenko, 25, to make restitution to his victims and to perform 150 hours of community service work as part of his three-year term of supervised release following his time in prison, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to court documents, between Aug. 3 and Aug. 23, 2011, Berezenko and do-defendant Michael Charles Ross, 29, of Folsom obtained multiple credit cards in the names of innocent victims and used those cards to obtain more than $80,000 in cash and merchandise from retailers and casinos in Northern California. An additional $35,000 in purchases and withdrawals were attempted.

June 25, 2013
Suspects sought in second burglary at Shingle Springs laundry

laundry burglary.jpgLaundry burglary car.jpgA Shingle Springs coin laundry has been hit by thieves twice within a week.

The latest incident occurred about 1:30 a.m. Friday at the SS Coin Wash on Durock Road. Three men in a light-colored four-door sedan (pictured) with tinted rear windows were recorded on video as they committed the theft, according to an El Dorado County Sheriff's Office news release.

The suspects worked together to break into the quarter change machine using the same method burglars used five days earlier, officials said.

June 24, 2013
Trailers reported stolen from Woodland's city service center

Two trailers were stolen from the city of Woodland's Municipal Service Center over the weekend.

Police were dispatched about 7:30 this morning to the center at 655 N. Pioneer Ave. When officers arrived, they were notified that between 5 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 a.m. today, someone cut the chain-link gate to the property and stole two box trailers.

One of the trailers contained miscellaneous tools and roadway signs. That trailer and its contents were valued at $100,000, according to a Police Department news release. The other trailer was valued at $17,000.

June 24, 2013
Three teens linked to residential burglaries in Davis

Davis police have arrested three teenagers in connection with residential burglaries that occurred in the city last week.

About 3:50 a.m. Saturday, a resident of the 1800 block of Cowell Boulevard reported that a burglary had just occurred. Officers, who were in the area investigating another report of a residential burglary, contacted three individuals in the area. During the investigation, the three were determined to be in possession of property belonging to the victim in the 1800 block of Cowell Boulevard, according to a Police Department news release. The three were arrested on suspicion of burglary.

As the investigation continued, police said, the three were linked to other residential burglaries that had occurred the previous two nights. In all, officers were able to connect the suspects to five residential burglaries. Property from those burglaries was recovered in the 1500 block of L Street after a search warrant was executed Saturday afternoon.

June 24, 2013
Sac police report: A light rail getaway, a sleeping suspect and lost letters found

John Hernandez, 32.JPGIt's all in a day's work for Sacramento police.

A suspected burglar who never made it out of a burgled house, bags of mail found on a bike trail and a crash victim who jumped on light rail and out of an ambulance. Those are three of the recent calls for Sacramento police officers detailed in a police activity log:

• At about 8:15 p.m. Sunday a resident came home to find a stranger asleep on his couch. He was still asleep, with the resident's gun next to him, when officers arrived.

June 21, 2013
Suspects sought in theft from Shingle Springs coin laundry

SS Coin Wash NO. 1  06-16-13.PNGThe El Dorado County Sheriff's Office is the asking public's help in identifying two men suspected for stealing approximately $2,000 from a Shingle spring coin-operated laundry.

About 4:30 a.m. Sunday, two men entered the SS Coin Wash on Durock Road and started wandering around the business, according to a Sheriff's Office news release. Both went in and out of the business several times over the course of five hours. Officials said the men appeared to have laundered items while they were there.

The men arrived at the business in what appeared to be a 14-foot U-Haul moving truck with decals that read "U can do it" and a green price tag with "$19.95" on the side.

June 21, 2013
Rocklin door-to-door flier deliverers arrested on suspicion of burglary

Two men who were placing advertising fliers on the doorknobs of Rocklin homes were arrested Thursday on suspicion of burglary.

At about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, a resident on Wildflower Lane heard a noise coming from inside the open garage of the family home. He went out his front door and saw one man exiting the garage and a second on the sidewalk.

The two men left in a van, followed by the resident in his own vehicle. Meanwhile, his wife contacted Rocklin police.

Officers arrived and stopped the mini van. They arrested Jesse Nieto, 24, of Sacramento and Kenneth Modica, 46, of Rancho Cordova on suspicion of burglary.

Police determined that both men had been placing fliers from a solar company on the front doors of homes in the area.

June 21, 2013
Fast-working Woodland police nab a burglary suspect

About ten minutes after a Woodland woman reported her husband's two bikes were taken, police had a man in custody for the garage break-in at her home.

Woodland dispatch received a call from Carol Barnett at 2:45 p.m. Thursday stating that two men had taken two bikes and other items belonging to her husband, Stephen Barnett, from her garage in the 900 block of College Street.

The theft was broadcast via radio and in-car computers to Woodland officers. At 2:56 p.m. one of the responding Woodland police officers saw a man matching the description of one of the suspects walking near Fourth Street and Gum Avenue.

The man was carrying a black duffel bag, which he dropped upon seeing the officer. The officer ended up arresting the man, identified as Ronald Bell, 49, of Woodland on suspicion of burglary.

The other suspect is still being sought, according to a police press release. No word on the whereabouts of the bikes.

June 20, 2013
Sacramento deputies arrest two in roof top burglary

A man and a woman are suspected popping into a Greenback Lane Jack In The Box restaurant to steal.

Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies said that Eugene Andreyev, 30, and Oksana Gutsu, 23, were arrested for burglarizing an outlet of fast food restaurant chain near Fair Oaks Boulevard and Greenback Lane.

A watch summary said that the pair is suspected of cutting an opening large enough to enter through the roof of the business early Monday morning. Money was removed from the restaurant safe.

An arriving officer saw Andreyev and Gutsu leaving the business. They were taken into custody after a short chase on foot.

June 19, 2013
Driver accused of vandalism after vehicle crashes into Woodland home

An 18-year-old Davis man was arrested today after he was accused of intentionally crashing his vehicle into a Woodland house.

Woodland police were dispatched about 11:15 a.m. to the 1800 block of East Gum Avenue regarding a report that a vehicle had crashed into a house. The resident reported that the driver had fled in the vehicle westbound on East Gum Avenue.

An investigation indicated that the crash was intentional, according to a Police Department news release. Woodland officers found the vehicle and its driver stopped southbound on Highway 113 about three miles south of the city.

June 19, 2013
Man goes to jail for allegedly spearing car in Sacramento

Jeffrey Allen Jones.jpgA man has been arrested in Sacramento on suspicion of spearing a vehicle.

Sacramento police said they arrested Jeffrey Allen Jones, 56, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday around Auburn Boulevard and Annadale Lane. Officers were called to the area by a citizen who said a man standing in the road had thrown a spear at a passing vehicle.

The spear struck the front fender, becoming lodged in the vehicle, according to a police activity log.

June 18, 2013
Robber sought in Galt convenience mart stickup

galt.JPGGalt police need help in identifying a trigger-happy robber who held up a convenience store this morning.

The man entered the 7-Eleven at 301 Pine St. about 2:20 a.m. today and robbed the store clerk at gunpoint, police said. During the robbery, the man demanded money and fired two shots while in the store.

The robber then fled the business and got into a silver or gray sedan. He was described as being 5 feet 5 inches tall with a medium build.

Nobody was injured during the robbery. Anyone with information is asked to call police at (209) 336-7000.

June 14, 2013
Man accused of vandalism, damaging police car

RATHBUN,+LEE-36.jpgA man accused of vandalizing vehicles and park facilities allegedly proceeded to damage the Sacramento police car that transported him to jail.

Lee Rathbun (pictured), 36, was taken into custody about 1:30 p.m. Thursday after officers received a report that a man had vandalized multiple vehicles in the 7400 block of Shasta Avenue, south of Cosumnes River Boulevard, between Bruceville Road and Highway 99.

According to the Police Department's daily activity log, Rathbun was seen jumping around in the street before approaching and kicking the side of a vehicle that had just entered a turn lane. He then reportedly was seen chasing cars before he entered an area park, where he allegedly tipped over garbage cans and walked around yelling at people.

June 13, 2013
Two people accused of thefts from Auburn vehicles

Hu.JPGRusso.JPGAuburn police arrested a man and woman early today after they were found to be in possession of stolen property, including a handgun.

Police received a report about 3:30 a.m. of two people behaving in a suspicious manner in the area of Burlin and Perkins ways. Officers responded to the area and contacted Mickey Hu (left photo), 22, and Morgan Russo (right photo), 18. During the investigation, Hu and Russo were found to be in possession of items that were determined to have been stolen from vehicles in the area and involving three different victims, according to a Police Department news release.

Two of the victims were contacted and advised of the theft and a third was contacted later in the day, police said.

June 13, 2013
Sacramento police say avoid 'Apple picking' by being a smart cell phone user

DeAngelo Trujillo, 18.JPGCell phones taken in Sacramento and Roseville have been recovered this week because tracking features enabled the owners to zero in on the stolen items.

However, not all cell phone thefts result in a return of the devices to their owners. Authorities say avoiding being a victim can be as easy as keeping cell phones in pockets or purses on the street.

Also, when speaking on a phone in a public place, don't be so distracted by telephone conversation or web searches that you don't see potential thieves.

June 11, 2013
Vandals strike Natomas Rose Garden

natomas.jpgJust two weeks from its formal dedication, the new centerpiece of the Natomas Rose Garden was heavily damaged by vandals.

A six-foot-tall fountain was toppled overnight, said volunteer Marni Leger. Damage to the fountain, pump, stone masonry and electrical work is estimated at $3,000 to $5,000.

Volunteers discovered the damage when they arrived at the garden to care for the roses Tuesday morning.

June 7, 2013
Three men accused of fishing for trout with gill net

Three Sacramento men were arrested this afternoon, accused of fishing with a gill net on a tributary to the north fork of the Cosumnes River.


Lt. Stacey LaFave or the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said he was traveling in the area of Meiss Cabin Road and Forest Service Road 10N46 in the Eldorado National Forest about 1:50 p.m. when he spotted a vehicle parked on the side of the road where it didn't seem to belong.

"I decided to take a little hike," LaFave said.

June 7, 2013
Tips from public credited for arrest in bike shop burglary

Brandon Lee Rose prpublichelp.pngEl Dorado County sheriff's officials say tips from the public led to an arrest and the recovery of property stolen last month from an El Dorado Hills bicycle shop.

Brandon Lee Rose (pictured), 40, was booked into El Dorado County Jail on Thursday, three days after the Sheriff's Office released photos captured by surveillance cameras of a suspect in the May 20 burglary of the Town Center Tri Center Bike and Tri shop. A bicycle and accessories with a total value of approximately $7,000 were taken in the burglary, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

Based on information provided by the public following release of the surveillance photos, Detective Troy Morton was able to identify the suspect and obtain a search warrant for a location in Sacramento and another in West Sacramento, sheriff's officials said.

June 5, 2013
Woodland police say man jumps off bridge to avoid capture

Woodland police said a fleeing man jumped off a Yolo County drawbridge in an unsuccessful escape attempt.

Police said that an officer saw Michael Ray Lee, 26, driving a stolen Lexus through Woodland about 11 a.m. Tuesday. The officer knew that Lee was wanted by Yolo County Probation.

Officers tried to stop the car on County Road 102 north of Woodland but Lee used evasive driving tactics to avoid capture, police said. He eventually stopped the Lexus on the Knights Landing Bridge and jumped into the Sacramento River.

A wet Lee was taken into custody downstream. The Lexus was returned to its owner in Davis.

June 5, 2013
All points search for special bike in Roseville

Roseville police have put out an urgent request to the community to help find a special bike.

The bike was stolen over the weekend from a locked sport utility vehicle on East Colonial Parkway. Taken was a Haro Prosize BMX racing bike with black forks, purple hubs and rainbow spokes.

The bike belongs to a 14-year-old girl who is competing in a BMX national championship this weekend. Police want to find the bike before tonight so that she can take it to the competition.

The girl doesn't need money for a new ride, nor does she need another bike given to her. Somebody has already donated a bike for her to use.

However, the racer would like the stolen bike returned because she is most confident using it in competition. Anyone who has seen the distinctive bike is asked to call (916) 774-5000.

June 3, 2013
Identity of El Dorado Hills bike shop burglary suspect sought

Bike Shop Burglary Photo 1.jpgBike Shop Burglary Photo 2.jpgThe El Dorado County Sheriff's Department seeks the public's help in identifying a suspect in the May 20 burglary of an El Dorado Hills bicycle shop.

A man, whose image was captured in surveillance photos (above), allegedly broke into Town Center Bike and Tri in the early morning hours. After browsing around inside the shop, the man took a medium size Trek, Speed Concept 7.5 bicycle with back and white accents and Zipp 808, black carbon fiber, aftermarket wheels, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. The combination is worth approximately $7,000, officials said.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect or the incident is asked to call Detective Troy Morton at (530) 642-4712. Callers can remain anonymous.

June 3, 2013
Vandalism spree hits side view mirrors in Woodland

Woodland police said that eight vehicles had their side view mirrors damaged by vandals last night.

The damaged driver's side mirrors was reported around 10:30 p.m. Sunday in the 500 block of Sunset Avenue, the 50 block of Walnut Street and the 300 block of Oak Avenue.

Total estimated cost of damage: $1,000. Anyone with information regarding the vandalism is asked to call the department at (530) 666-2411.

May 31, 2013
Repair shop operator sentenced to jail for grand theft auto

A vehicle repair shop operator was sentenced today to 120 days in county jail for conducting a fraudulent lien sale of a vehicle that was brought to his shop for repairs.

A Sacramento County jury last month convicted Alim Hussain, 34, of felony grand theft auto. In addition to his jail sentence, Hussain was placed on five years formal probation, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

On June 9, 2010, the registered owner of a 2000 Toyota Land Cruiser left his vehicle at Hussain's vehicle repair shop for transmission repairs. Soon after, the owner of the vehicle left the country and never paid for the repairs.

May 31, 2013
Two robberies of men on late-night runs to Woodland convenience stores

Two men were held up in separate robberies that occurred when they left convenience stores last night in Woodland.

In the first stick-up, Horacio Hernandez, 46, of Woodland was walking back from the 7-11 store at 1229 East Main Street about 9:45 p.m. when robbers described as male teens around 16 years old approached him. One pulled a silver revolver from his waistband and demanded Hernandez empty his pockets.

The other took the property from Hernandez and both of the robbers left on foot northbound on East Street from Lemen Avenue.

Woodland police said that at about 10 p.m. another robbery occurred when Ryen Hirschenhofer, 22, was held up near Quik Stop Market on Kentucky Avenue. He was approached by two men in their 20s who first asked him for a cigarette.

Then, one man pulled a gun from his waistband and demanded Hirschenhofer's property. Hirschenhofer turned over his belongings to the robber and noticed that the other man was holding a gun at his side.

The suspects were seen fleeing on foot westbound on Kentucky Avenue.

Anyone with information pertaining to either robbery is asked to call Woodland police at (530) 661-7800.

May 30, 2013
Rocklin traffic stop leads to stolen catalytic converters

An early morning traffic stop by a Rocklin police officer Wednesday led to the arrest of two people and the recovery of recently stolen catalytic converters.

About 2:50 a.m., the officer noticed a vehicle in the area of Stephanie and Wesley drives and stopped it for a vehicle code violation. While talking with the driver and passenger, the officer spotted inside the vehicle four catalytic converters and tools for removing converters, according to a Police Department news release.

Both occupants were arrested. They were identified as Huong Van Nguyen, 60, who is homeless, and Ton Saeteurn, 30, of Sacramento. They are accused of receiving stolen property, conspiracy and possession of burglary tools.

Three of the converter theft victims who live in Rocklin contacted the Police Department on Wednesday morning and the converters that had been recovered were subsequently matched to their vehicles, police said.

May 28, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened in 1999 heist of $2.3 million from cash shuttle?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: What happened to the Brinks driver who lost his cargo at a stop near Cordelia?
Submitted by: Gary Hall, Modesto

ANSWER: The theft of $2.3 million from a Loomis, Fargo and Co. truck on March 24, 1999, remains unsolved.

The tractor rig with an unarmored trailer reportedly left a Sacramento loading site about 7:30 p.m. on a rainy evening. When it arrived in San Francisco, approximately $2.3 million in cash -- described as small bills weighing more than 250 pounds -- was missing.

According to stories in The Bee, workers first noticed a pool of water on the trailer's floor, then discovered a hole in the roof large enough for an average-size man to slip through.

A motorist later reported having seen a figure jump off the truck as it slowed down at a weighing station at Cordelia, near the junction of Interstate 80 and Interstate 680 on the outskirts of Fairfield.

After the heist, Loomis, Fargo and Co. discontinued cash shuttles.

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May 23, 2013
Police seek thieves who stole Woodland Cemetery equipment

Woodland police are looking for thieves who stole equipment from a cemetery storage area.

Officers received a report about 7 a.m. today that a maintenance yard and shed had been forcibly entered at the Woodland Cemetery, 800 West St.

The suspects took small power equipment form the yard and from inside the shed, according to a Police Department news release. Police said the theft occurred during the hours of darkness the previous night.

Anyone with information regarding the theft is asked to call the Woodland Police Department at (530) 666-2411.

May 22, 2013
Thieves damage Plumas National Forest campgrounds

The U.S. Forest Service is asking the public's help in catching thieves who have caused more than $35,000 worth of damage to Plumas National Forest campgrounds at Lake Davis and Frenchman by removing copper pipes and brass fixtures.

"Thankfully, the campgrounds were open before Memorial Day because repairs were done so quickly by our concessionaires, Thousand Trails," Beckwourth District Ranger Deb Bumpus, said in a written statement.

But the money diverted to repairs means other needed work will not be accomplished this year, Bumpus said. Plans that have been postponed for Lake Davis include a fence along Honker Cove Road and the environmental analysis for a disc golf course, according to a news release. The Forest Service also won't be able to purchase picnic tables or put gravel on the road at Frenchman.

May 20, 2013
Vandalism at Woodland church hall includes threat against police

Woodland police said that a Catholic church hall was vandalized with graffiti, including a threat against officers.

Police were dispatched to the Holy Rosary Community Center, 575 California St., about 5 a.m. today for a vandalism report. Once there, officers found gang graffiti, including a threat to kill law enforcement.

"Though the graffiti did not cause permanent damage, any vandalism to a church is a felony and this case is being investigated as such," said a police press release.

Anyone with information that might help solve the case is asked to call the Woodland Police Department at (530) 666-2411.

May 20, 2013
Suspected Carmichael pharmacy robber recovers enough to be booked

Zechariah Abraham Scholes.JPGA man shot last week when he allegedly attempted to rob a Carmichael pharmacy at gunpoint has been cleared to be booked into Sacramento County Jail.

Zechariah Abraham Scholes, 36, had been in the hospital since he was shot on Tuesday by a Sacramento County sheriff's deputy. His condition had improved enough so that on Sunday he was booked into jail on suspicion of kidnapping and robbery.

He is being held on $150,000 bail.

May 17, 2013
Former plumbers union business manager, wife sentenced for misappropriating funds

A former business manager of a Yuba City plumbers union and his wife were sentenced today in federal court in Sacramento for misappropriation of funds.

Robert L. Carr, 58, was sentenced to 30 months in prison and Theresa Ann Carr, 55, to three months in prison by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr., according to a federal Department of Justice news release. Both were also ordered to pay $120,000 restitution to Local Union No. 228, United Association of Journeyman and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada, AFL-CIO of Yuba City, based on their previous convictions for conspiring to misappropriate labor union funds and two counts of misappropriating labor union funds.

According to their plea agreements, Robert Carr was the financial secretary-treasurer and business manager of the Plumbers Union and Theresa Carr worked at various times as an employee of the union. Because of his offices and employment with the union, Robert Carr had access to the Plumbers Union's checking accounts and credit cards. Authorities said he misused both the checking account and credit cards causing at least $120,000 in losses to the union.

May 17, 2013
Couple charged in 2010 arson of Antelope home

A couple were arraigned Thursday in federal court in Sacramento on charges related to the arson of their former home in Antelope.

Alexander Sakhanskiy, 39, and Larisa Sakhanskiy, 43, of Sacramento pleaded not guilty and each was released on a $50,000 bond, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. A status conference is scheduled for June 6 before Chief U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr.

On May 2, a federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment charging the Sakhanskiys with arson to commit another felony, mail fraud, wire fraud and arson affecting interstate commerce. The indictment alleges that on May 22, 2010, a fire destroyed the couple's home, a single-family house at 5745 Hawkeye Lane in Antelope. The home was also being used as the business location of "Alex's Plumbing."

May 16, 2013
Free "Etch and Catch" catalytic converter event in Elk Grove

Motorists can have identification numbers etched onto the catalytic converters on their vehicles for free in Elk Grove next month.

The Elk Grove Police Department is partnering with Jiffy Lube to etch the license plate numbers onto catalytic converters at the "Etch and Catch" event. The effort takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 4 at Jiffy Lube, 9611 Auto Center Drive in Elk Grove.

The etched numbers may deter the taking of the air pollution control devices and can help law enforcement tie captured thieves to specific converter thefts.

Thieves caught with unetched catalytic converters often say they found the device or got it from an unnamed acquaintance, area police have said.

Thieves especially try to steal the emission control devices from Toyota Sequoias and Tundras, but also are drawn to other high-off-the-ground trucks and SUVs from other carmakers.

Thieves slide underneath and unbolt or saw off the converters and then sell them at metal recyclers.

May 15, 2013
UPDATE: Man booked for burglaries at midtown art gallery linked to 57th Street break-ins

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A man arrested Tuesday by Sacramento police in connection with a rash of midtown business burglaries - including three break-ins at a long-established art gallery -- today was accused of two additional burglaries.

Gregory Musso Knecht, 43, (pictured) was arrested on suspicion of burglary after detectives armed with a warrant on Tuesday searched his residence in the 1500 block of J Street. Property stolen during several recent burglaries was found at Knecht's residence, police said.

Police initially tied Knecht to four business burglaries between May 4 and May 10. Three of the burglaries occurred last week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Barton Gallery, 1723 I St.

May 15, 2013
Help sought in finding Madison Avenue credit union robber

Sheriff's detectives need help identifying a robber who held up a Madison Avenue credit union.

The robber hit the Schools Financial Credit Union, 5210 Madison Ave, at about 12:45 p.m. Friday. He used a note to demand money from a teller and then left with cash.

A sheriff's department press release describes the robber as a white man in his mid-30s, about 6 feet 1 inch tall and around 250 pounds. He has red hair and a goatee.

He wore a brown baseball cap with a black logo on the side, a black shirt and dark pants. Anyone who recognizes the man is asked to call the sheriff's robbery bureau at (916) 874-5051.

May 15, 2013
Alleged teen cat burglar in Woodland makes noisy exit

Woodland police said they arrested a boy today who broke a store window in order to escape from the business he had allegedly entered to burglarize.

Officers responded to the Hollywood Market, 1321 College St., shortly after midnight where a citizen reported that somebody had smashed a store window. The window-breaker was hiding in the bushes, according to the citizen.

The vandal took off with the citizen following, and reporting his whereabouts to dispatchers until he lost sight of the teen on Buena Tierra Drive. Officers responded and quickly found the 15 year old.

Officers went to the store and learned that the teen likely entered the market from the rooftop and was forced to break the window to escape, according to a police press release. The teen was booked into juvenile hall on suspicion of burglary and vandalism.

May 14, 2013
Man arrested in burglaries of Arden Arcade music store

Eric+Brown+mugshot.jpgA 28-year-old man has been arrested in connection with two burglaries of an Arden Arcade music store that involved the thefts of thousands of dollars worth of musical instruments.

Eric Brown (pictured) was taken into custody in Citrus Heights last week, accused of break-ins at Tim's Music Store in the 2800 block of Marconi Avenue, according to a Sacramento County Sheriff's Department news release. Sheriff's officials said he was identified through an anonymous caller who recognized him from surveillance video from the business.

About 12:30 a.m. May 2, sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a smashed window at Tim's Music Store, and determined that several musical instruments had been taken from the business. The following day, they were called to the same business about 10:15 p.m., where someone had again smashed a window to enter the business and steal several instruments. Sheriff's officials said the loss was estimated to be in the tens of thousands of dollars.

May 14, 2013
Man arrested for Auburn thefts and struggle with police

After a struggle, Auburn police arrested a man suspected of theft at two convenience stores last night.

Officers were first dispatched to a 11:45 p.m. Monday merchandise theft report at the 7-11 store on Sacramento street. Later, an officer noticed a man walking hear Highway 49 and Fulweiler Avenue who matched the description of the 7-11 store shoplift.

The officer turned his vehicle around in time to see the man enter a Shell station convenience market. The man entered and allegedly tried to make off with a 12-pack of beer.

May 14, 2013
Victim apparently robbed twice by same culprits

Two robbers held up a man and then apparently used the information in his wallet to go to his home where they stole weapons.

The man was in his car in the 5900 block of Bamford Drive in the Valley Hi neighborhood about 1:45 p.m. Monday when he was approached by two armed men. The driver was ordered out of his vehicle.

The men rifled through the driver's pockets, taking his car and house keys, wallet and cell phone before forcing him into the trunk of his own car. The robbers then fled on foot.

May 14, 2013
Alleged wine theft leads to arrest of two in South Sacramento

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Two men were arrested by Sacramento police for stealing wine on Monday.

Officers were patrolling about 9 a.m. near Meadowgate Drive in South Sacramento when they saw a vehicle "lurch" into traffic. The officers pulled the vehicle over to the side of the road and the driver stayed at the car.

However, the passenger ran, carrying what was described as "box of wine," according to a police activity log. It was quickly determined that the men had robbed a store.

Responding officers eventually caught up with the man with the wine. An officer suffered a minor injury while taking Jerome Wells, 35, (pictured right) into custody.

The driver was identified as 45-year-old Jonathan Reed (pictured left). Both men were arrested on suspicion of robbery.

May 13, 2013
Three detained for catalytic converter thefts at Sac International

Sacramento County sheriff's detectives are interviewing three men found with a bagful of catalytic converters at Sacramento International Airport.

Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jason Ramos said the discovery comes at a time of increased catalytic converter thefts from vehicles in airport parking lots. A deputy assigned to the airport was on patrol in the economy lot about 6:30 a.m. when he noticed a parked vehicle with three men inside.

A bag was on the ground outside another vehicle nearby. The deputy stopped and apparently interrupted the theft of a catalytic converter from a large truck, Ramos said.

A search of the vehicle with the men turned up three other large truck catalytic converters inside a bag. Ramos said the men would likely be booked on grand theft charges.

Thieves typically slide under vehicles and cut the car air pollution control devices from vehicles. The devices are then sold for their metals.

May 9, 2013
Police: Open doors, windows invite nighttime intruders

As the weather warms up, it may be tempting to sleep with windows and doors open, but Sacramento police warn that this is an invitation to intruders.

Burglars look for homes that offer easy, quiet access, and police say they have seen an increase in nighttime burglaries through open windows and doors. They cite three possibly related incidents:

• In the 600 block of Bowles St., someone entered through the unlocked sliding glass door and took personal property from the home while the residents were asleep.

May 9, 2013
Woman convicted in 2008 El Dorado Hills DUI crash back in jail

A woman convicted of of drunken driving in a collision that injured two bicyclists in El Dorado Hills in 2008 is back in jail after nearly two years as a fugitive.

Brandi Morgan Thomas, 24, was driving under the influence of alcohol in 2008 when she swerved into the bicycle lane and struck two female bicyclists, who suffered major injuries. In March 2009, Thomas was convicted and sentenced to seven years in state prison. Her sentence was suspended and she was granted five years formal probation, which included the requirement that she "obey all laws," according to an El Dorado County District Attorney's Office news release.

In August 2011, Thomas was arrested on suspicion of several felonies, including burglary, forgery and conspiracy to commit a crime. She then fled the county and had been a fugitive until she was located last month in Michigan.

May 8, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to deputies accused of illegally dealing firearms?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: What happened to the two sheriff's deputies were charged in 2011 for selling guns to the ATF?
Submitted by: Sophia, Sacramento

ANSWER: Two Sacramento County sheriff's deputies were among four people indicted by a federal grand jury in May 2012 in a case that officials said involved the illegal purchase and sale of dozens of high-powered pistols.

May 8, 2013
Rocklin man arrested on suspicion of carjacking his own car at gunpoint

A man allegedly drew a gun on a towing yard employee to get his car out of storage and then went to a Roseville bar where he was arrested.

Roseville police said the man tried to pay his towing and storage fees at a Tahoe Avenue tow yard about 6:30 p.m. Friday with credit cards. However, the cards were declined.

Still wanting his car, the 21-year-old Rocklin man allegedly pointed at handgun at the towing yard employee and drove away in his vehicle.

About three hours later, Roseville police found the man in a bar on Pacific Street. He was arrested on suspicion of robbery and carjacking his own car.

Police also found the handgun believed to have been used in the crime hidden in a shed on Ash Street.

May 6, 2013
Bank robber sought by Elk Grove police

Elk Grove.JPGElk Grove police need help in identifying a robber in a wide-brimmed hat who held up a bank last week.

Police said the man entered the River City Bank, 8923 Elk Grove Blvd., at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday and handed a note demanding money to a teller. The teller gave him an undisclosed amount of cash and the robber left the bank.

He was last seen running west on Elk Grove Boulevard. The suspect is described as black man, 30 to 40 years old and six feet tall. He was wearing a tan hat, a white or tan long-sleeeved shirt, khaki shorts, white socks and white athletic shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call police detectives at (916) 478-8060 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357. Callers to Crime Alert may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.

May 3, 2013
Felon arrested in Sacramento-area mailbox break-ins

An investigation into U.S. Mail letter box break-ins has led a federal grand jury to charge an ex-felon with a variety of offenses, including possession of ammunition.

Tony Nhiachong Khang, 28, a resident of Sacramento's Natomas area, also is charged with bank fraud, aggravated identification theft, access device fraud, possession of stolen U.S. mail, possession for fraudulent use of identification documents of others, and possession of stolen Postal Service keys, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. Khang is to appear before U.S. Magistrate Carolyn K. Delaney for arraignment Monday.

According to court documents, the investigation arose after the U.S. Postal Inspection Service received numerous reports of U.S. Mail letter box break-ins in the Sacramento County area. On April 18, agents with a federal search warrant searched Khang's Natomas residence. He was found to possess ammunition, stolen U.S. mail, stolen credit card and bank account access numbers, and a number of identification documents belonging to other people, according to court documents. Because he had been previously convicted of felony burglary and felony vehicle theft, Khang was prohibited from possessing ammunition.

The case resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Sacramento Police Department.

May 2, 2013
Another robber with a knife in Woodland makes off with wallet

Woodland police are reporting a second robbery this week in which the culprit brandished a knife.

The latest holdup occurred Wednesday afternoon when Aaron Pukini, 24, said he was sitting in his vehicle in the 1100 block of Matmor Road. A heavyset man reached through the driver's side window and took Pukini's wallet off his lap.

Pukini got out of his car and followed the man, who turned around and brandished a black-handled folding knife at him. He told Pukini to back away, which he did.

May 1, 2013
Teen robbed in Woodland on city street

A teenager was robbed at knifepoint in Woodland earlier this week.

The 17 year old was walking in the 700 block of Beamer Street about 10 p.m. Monday when two people approached him from behind. One of the men stepped in front of him, brandishing a pocketknife.

The robber demanded the teen's possession. The teen complied.

Woodland police said the man with the knife was described as Hispanic, in his early 20s, wearing a black shirt and a black baseball cap with a Chicago White Sox logo. His face was obscured by a bandana.

There was no description of the other man. The teen was not injured.

Anyone with information about the suspects may call police at (530) 661-7800.

April 30, 2013
Man convicted of grand theft in sale of vehicle left for repairs

A Sacramento County jury has convicted a 34-year-old man of felony grand theft auto for conducting a fraudulent lien sale of a vehicle left at his shop for repairs.

On June 9, 2010, the registered owner of a 2000 Toyota Land Cruiser left his vehicle a Alim Hussain's vehicle repair shop for transmission repairs, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. Soon after, the owner of the vehicle left the country and never paid for the repairs.

On March 17, 2011, Hussain conducted a fraudulent lien sale of the vehicle by failing to first notify the legal owner of the Land Cruiser, Schools Financial Credit Union, about the lien sale, authorities said. As a result, the credit union learned of the lien sale after it had been removed as the legal owner of the vehicle. Hussain then sold the Land Cruiser to an unsuspecting buyer.

April 30, 2013
Sacramento postal carrier fired over alleged dumping of mail

A Sacramento postal carrier has been fired for allegedly discarding mail in a Dumpster.

The U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General was notified on Monday of the alleged dumping of mail in the parking lot garbage bin at an apartment complex in the 2700 block of Meadowview Road.

The mail was recovered and was delivered. The postal carrier suspected of the dumping was fired today, according to the postal service.

Postal service agents will continue to investigate the offense. Delay or destruction of mail is punishable to up to five years in prison.

An e-mail from a postal service representative noted that the overwhelming majority of carriers protect the "sanctity of the seal" of all mail entrusted to them.

April 26, 2013
Two men sentenced in fraud case involving used car dealership

Two men have have been sentenced jail terms for theft and fraud offenses related to their operation of a used car dealership.

Ali Maadarani, owner of M3 Motors, was sentenced to 160 days in county jail, 1,200 hours of community service and five years of formal probation. His brother, Amin Maadarani, was sentenced to one year in county jail and five years of formal probation, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. The defendants were convicted by a jury in February and sentenced today by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Allen Sumner.

Amin Maadarani worked with his brother at the dealership. In 2010, the defendants had possession of several vehicles, including a Hummer H2, BMW 330i, Mercedes S550 and a Ford F-150. All had been ordered to be repossessed by the legal owners, which were finance companies. When the defendants notified the finance companies that they had possession of these vehicles, they falsely claimed that they were owed money for the cost of storing and towing the vehicles.

When the finance companies inquired about the condition of the vehicles, the defendants indicated that they were stripped, burned, or "down to the chassis," authorities said. Based on the representations that the vehicles were essentially worthless, the finance companies did not contest the defendants using lien sales to obtain clear title to the vehicles and recoup their costs. The Maadaranis then used, sold or attempted to sell the vehicles, all of which were in good condition.

April 24, 2013
Elk Grove businessman arrested on suspicion of defrauding state

An Elk Grove business owner has been arrested on suspicion of grand theft after Caltrans staff discovered what is believed to be fraudulent invoices.

Eric B. Hodgson, 43, was booked into Sacramento County Jail today. Paperwork, business records and computers were seized.

He was arrested following a state Department of Justice investigation that was sparked by Caltrans staff discovering invoices for print advertisements that the state believes never ran in newspapers as promised.

April 23, 2013
Report: 2 suspects arrested for trying to rob blood donation clinic

Police say two people are in custody after they reportedly robbed a blood donation clinic in south Sacramento, CBS13 reported.

April 23, 2013
Sun City resident stops catalytic converter theft

A Sun City resident who spotted a man under her neighbor's pickup helped police nab a suspected catalytic converter thief.

A resident on Pineschi Place looked out her front window at 2:30 a.m. last Wednesday to see a man crawling under her neighbor's Toyota pickup. Figuring something was amiss, she called 911.

She kept an eye on the man while talking to the dispatcher, according to a Roseville police public safety newsletter. Officers responded and surrounded the area.

Police moved in and arrested the man, who, they said, was in the process of sawing off the pickup's catalytic converter. The 24-year-old Sacramento man had a list of other local addresses.

They suspect that he had driven around earlier, writing down addresses of places to return to in order steal other catalytic converters. Police said the alert Sun City resident deserves credit for nipping that in the bud.

April 23, 2013
Man playing possom suspected of loud break-in at Sacramento restaurant

basquez.JPGA Sacramento restaurant employee ran from the business early this morning when a burglar's noisy entrance scared her.

It was around midnight last night when the employee heard loud banging as if somebody was trying to break into the closed International Bistro, 2377 Northgate Boulevard. When the banging reached a certain loudness, she fled out the front door and waited for the arrival of officers.

When police got to the scene, they surrounded the building. Upon entering the restaurant, officers found Julio Anthony Basquez, 26, (pictured) hiding away.

Officers said he was pretending to be asleep. Police believe Basquez broke into the restaurant through the shared wall of a vacant adjacent business.

Police noticed that several items from the restaurant had been moved to a back door prior to their arrival. Basquez was booked on suspicion of burglary and outstanding warrants.

April 21, 2013
Suspected DUI motorist in crash flees with light pole on roof, cops say

Christopher Glover.jpgAn early morning car crash in Greenhaven took a wild turn when the driver reportedly nearly missed striking a police officer, and then led officers on a brief chase with the pole and a street sign still perched on the top of the car, Sacramento police said.

Officers responded to a call about a vehicle colliding with a city light pole in the 6700 block of Greenhaven Drive about 1 a.m. They found the car with the driver still seated inside and the pole lying across the top of the vehicle, police said.

The driver first attempted to get out of the passenger door, then got back into the driver's seat and tried to drive away, officer said. The car backed into the parked patrol car, and an officer had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit, police reports said.

April 17, 2013
UPDATE: Former treasurer, husband accused of embezzling from Roseville Youth Soccer

heather_jo_sanford.jpegchristopher+lawrence+sanford.jpegThe former treasurer of the Roseville Youth Soccer organization and her husband have been arrested on suspicion of embezzling more than $173,000 from the organization.

Carmichael residents Heather Jo Sanford (left photo) and Christopher Lawrence Sanford (right photo), both 40, were taken into custody today by Roseville police detectives. They are being held in Placer County Jail in lieu of $173,000 bail.

Roseville Youth Soccer officials notified police in November of their suspicions that their former treasurer, Heather Sanford, had stolen a substantial amount of money from the youth sports organization from 2011 to 2012, according to a Police Department news release.

An investigation by Roseville detectives developed probable cause to arrest Heather and Christopher Sanford. According to police, the investigation uncovered evidence that Heather Sanford had written checks on the organization's account to her husband, made cash withdrawals and used the organization's debit card to purchase items for their personal use.

April 17, 2013
Man arrested by Sacramento police for attempt robbery at mall

URBAN, JORDAN-22 (1).JPGA man was arrested for attempted robbery thanks to fast work by mall security officers, Sacramento officers and a police dog.

A man reported to Arden Fair Mall security about 8 p.m. Tuesday that an armed robber tried to hold him up in the parking lot. Police were notified and mall security provided a good description of the suspected robber's vehicle.

Police arriving to the call made a stop of the vehicle away from the mall parking lot.

Police said Jordan E. Urban, 22, (pictured) then fled from the car.

Urban was brought into custody with the assistance of a police dog. A discarded, loaded handgun was booked into evidence.

Urban was booked into Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of attempted robbery, carrying a loaded firearm with intent to commit a felony and giving false identification to police.

April 17, 2013
Roseville police trying to find homeless woman's belongings

Roseville police are trying to help a homeless woman who lost her belongings, including vital personal papers.

Police said that a homeless woman who frequents Gathering Inn overnight shelters in Roseville hid her duffle bag in a field near Pleasant Grove and Woodcreek Oaks boulevards.

Sometime between March 15 and April 5, somebody took the dark green, wheeled duffle bag. It contained a black backpack with red stripes, women's clothing, shoes, toiletries and important personal documents.

A police safety bulletin requests that if anyone comes across any of the items they would appreciate a call at (916) 774-5000.

April 12, 2013
Late-night burglary attempt ends in Woodland arrest

A Woodland man was arrested leaving the scene of a late-night break-in that was interrupted by the resident of the home.

Police responded about 11:30 p.m. Thursday to the 1600 block of Farnham Avenue in Woodland where a resident reported that she interrupted someone who removed window screens and shattered a window at the rear of the home.

Two men fled with a neighbor of the resident giving chase. One fleeing suspect swung a knife at the neighbor when he got close to capturing him.

That suspect escaped. Another man tied to the attempted burglary was stopped by a Woodland police officer east of the home.

Ernesto Justin Negrete, 19, of Woodland, was arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary and committing a felony while released from custody. Negrete had recently been released from the Yolo County Jail on a burglary charge, according to a police press release.

April 11, 2013
Foresthill man charged following mail theft investigation

A federal grand jury has charged a Foresthill man with being a felon in possession of ammunition following an investigation into mailbox tampering in Placer County.

Richard Lee Gray, 56, also was charged today in Sacramento with access device fraud, possession of stolen U.S. mail and two counts of destruction of U.S. mail letter boxes, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. Gray is scheduled for arraignment April 17 before U.S. Magistrate Edmund F. Brennan.

According to court documents, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service received several reports of letter box tampering and destruction in the Placer County area. Gray was identified as a person of interest in the case, and authorities searched his residence April 2.

The case resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Placer County Sheriff's Department, with the assistance of the U.S. Forest Service.

April 11, 2013
Citizen stabbed in group effort to take down suspected burglar near Woodland

One of three people who helped pin down a suspected burglar near Woodland on Wednesday was stabbed in the side.

The Yolo County Sheriff's office said deputies were called to the report of a burglary on Mallard Street in the Wild Wings subdivision, west of Woodland, about 2:13 p.m. Wednesday.

Once there, deputies learned that three citizens had taken down a suspected burglar. The resident of a home on Mallard Street arrived home to hear voices inside the residence.

April 10, 2013
Sacramento, Roseville residents accused of conspiring to sell stolen goods on eBay

Seven people, including three from Sacramento and one from Roseville, have been charged by federal authorities in a case involving an alleged conspiracy to sell millions of dollars worth of stolen goods on eBay.

Arrested and charged in a criminal complaint with participating in a conspiracy to commit mail fraud are Jason Samuel Schroeder, 33, John Judah Young, 32, and Maribel Martinez, 27, all of Sacramento; Joshua Roy Payne 27, of Vacaville; Kirk Arthell Sanderson, 34, of Walnut Creek; and David Reed, 26, of Santa Barbara.

Payne was also charged with lying to federal agents, and Schroeder was detained as a flight risk, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. Andrea Lynn Turner, 31, of Roseville was also charged but has not been arrested, officials said.

Arraignment is scheduled for April 24.

April 10, 2013
Spate of car break-ins hits Roseville trailheads

Roseville police are investigating recent break-ins of cars at trailheads.

On Sunday between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. four cars parked on Orvietto Drive near the Miner's Ravine bike trail entrance were burglarized. Also on Sunday, on the 500 block of Sunrise Boulevard near the Miner's Ravine trailhead, a car was broken into by an auto burglar.

In that incident, at about 8:30 a.m., a woman placed two purses in the trunk of her car and locked the vehicle. She returned twenty minutes later to find that someone had broken the window of her car and popped open the trunk lid.

A police safety report indicated that a thief had taken compact discs and the purses containing cash, jewelry, credit cards and her identification.

A break may have occurred in the trailhead case thefts the next day: A Roseville officer checking the Miner's Ravine trailhead parking lot off Sierra College Boulevard because of the recent auto burglaries, saw someone sitting in a car parked very close to an unoccupied vehicle.

The man in the car was on parole. A search of his car turned up a spool of copper wire that police suspect was stolen.

Police later connected him to two March 27 vehicle burglaries at the trailhead on Orvietto Drive. The 30-year-old Carmichael man was arrested on suspicion of burglary, possessing stolen property and other charges.

Detectives are continuing to investigate his possible connection to other trailhead car break-ins.

April 9, 2013
Stun gun used to steal beers near Arden Way

Sacramento police said a man was robbed of his just-purchased beers after being touched with a stunning device.

The man was walking from store in the 2000 block of Point West Way near Arden Way about 12:20 p.m. Tuesday with two beers and energy drinks when he was approached from behind.

He was then touched with an electrical stun gun that left him unable to stop the female robber from taking his purchases. The robber fled.

April 8, 2013
Taser used on man before Sacramento booking on drug, theft charges

Anthony Mancuso, 37.JPGA man had to go to the hospital as a precaution after police had some difficulty in bringing him under control.

Officers made a traffic stop of Anthony M. Mancuso, 37, near Acacia Avenue and Clay Street in the Hagginwood neighborhood of Sacramento about 4 p.m. Sunday. Once stopped, Mancuso ran from officers.

Police said at one point he tried to reach into his pants and was not complying with the commands of officers. An officer used a Taser to gain control of Mancuso.

The vehicle he had been driving was confirmed to be stolen, police said. Police said he was arrested on suspicion of possession of burglary tools, motor vehicle theft, heroin and hypodermic needle possession and resisting arrest.

April 3, 2013
Report: Man breaks into home, jumps on bed

A man broke into a couple's home in the Sacramento-area last month, jumped on their bed and left with only a few bucks. Fox40 provides the report.

April 2, 2013
Sacramento police seek suspects in laundry room burglaries

sac suspect+.pngSacramento police are asking the public's help in identifying two suspects in burglaries of laundry rooms at a number of apartment complexes.

Police said the burglars have targeted the coin mechanisms on washers and dryers after forcing entry to the unoccupied and locked rooms.

Both suspects are described as African American men, 25 to 30 years old. Witnesses described one as having a thin build with a short afro and goatee, according to a Police Department news release.

April 2, 2013
Uncle says nephew found hanged from downtown building not known to him as a tagger

An uncle of the man who police suspect was in the act of tagging when he was found hanged from a downtown building said he never knew his nephew to deface any property with graffiti.

"I have never known for him to do that before," said Joseph Fugate, whose nephew, Craig Michael Fugate, 30, was discovered Monday morning hanging from rope outside the 16th floor of a building at 12th and K streets. "He is an artist. I know that."

He said that his nephew was adept at artwork on t-shirts, including silk-screening. He was a kind man, his uncle said.

April 1, 2013
Wild fight on University Avenue leads to man's arrest

Victor Chaney, 23.JPGPolice baton, Taser and a police dog were used to bring a man under control in a wild fight with officers on Sunday afternoon in a neigborhood near Howe Avenue and American River Drive.

Sacramento police were called to the 2000 block of University Avenue at about 4 p.m. Sunday on a report of a man was on the caller's roof acting crazy and possibly under the influence of drugs.

When officers arrived, the man was down from the roof but he refused to cooperate with police. The officers requested cover from colleagues and tried to subdue the man, using a Taser and police baton.

March 31, 2013
Suspects sought in South Lake Tahoe armed robbery

Three suspects robbed a South Lake Tahoe motel late Saturday night, brandishing a handgun and holding a hunting knife at the neck of a clerk before getting away with cash, police said.

An unidentified woman knocked at the locked front lobby door at the Pinewood Lodge, 3818 Lake Tahoe Blvd., about 11:30 p.m. and told the clerk she needed a room, according to police.

When the clerk opened the door, two men wearing ski masks and gloves came into the office. One man allegedly showed a handgun and pushed the clerk behind the counter. The second man reportedly had a large hunting knife and placed it near the clerk's neck.

The female suspect demanded money, while the man with a gun opened the cash drawer and removed an undisclosed amount of cash, according to police.

The trio fled the scene in a brown four-door Cadillac headed eastbound toward the casino corridor.

The female suspect was described as a black woman, about 5-foot-4, wearing a gray sweatshirt with a hood. Both male suspects were described as black men, about 6-foot-2, wearing dark clothing. One was armed with a small black semi-automatic handgun and the other with a large hunting-style knife with a black blade.

Anyone with information on the robbery is urged to call South Lake Tahoe Police Department at (530) 542-6100.

March 29, 2013
Citrus Heights police seek suspect in commercial burglary

Citrus Heights police seek to identify a suspect in the burglary of a commercial complex that occurred early this morning.

Between midnight and 8 a.m., someone forced entry to a business complex through the roof, then broke through the walls of adjoining businesses to enter a convenience store in the 12400 block of Fair Oaks Boulevard.

Preliminary investigation determined that money had been taken from the business, according to a Police Department news release. No employees were at the affected businesses when the break-ins occurred.

March 26, 2013
Former CSUS housing employee accused of embezzlement

Laini Harris 530076_547899658563471_1718586547_n.jpgCalifornia State University, Sacramento, police have arrested a former housing employee on suspicion of embezzlement.

Laini Harris (pictured), 45, had been under investigation for some time, according to a news release from the university Police Department.

Harris was employed at the Upper Eastside Lofts, a CSUS student apartment complex. She is accused of misappropriating residents' rent payments.

March 26, 2013
Purse snatcher stabs woman in Roseville

Roseville police arrested a purse snatcher who stabbed a woman on a downtown street.

Shane Michael England, 26, of Roseville was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and attempted robbery in the attack that occurred at 12:40 a.m. Saturday.

He remained in custody today in Placer County Jail today on $85,000 bail.

March 26, 2013
Woman in Roseville makes off with wallet, while in Dixon honest little girl shines

Last week, a Dixon girl was lauded for turning in a cash-stuffed wallet she found on the street. Also last week, in Roseville, the opposite happened when an adult pocketed somebody's dropped billfold.

Roseville police said that on March 19 at about 10 a.m. a man was washing his clothes at a coin laundry in the 400 block of Folsom Road when his wallet fell out of his pocket.

Police say that security cameras captured a woman picking up the wallet, quickly concealing it, and later leaving without returning it to the rightful owner. She was accompanied by a toddler.

March 25, 2013
Doggie door burglar chased away in east Sacramento

A skinny burglar attempting to enter an east Sacramento garage through a doggie door was stopped in the act.

The burglar was attempting to enter the garage of the home in the 3900 block of H Street about noon on Sunday through the doggie door when he was spotted by one of the residents, according to police.

Police said the resident chased the burglar but he got away. The burglar was described as a thin, black man in his 20s, about 5 feet 9 inches tall. He was wearing dark clothing, including a black, hooded sweathshirt.

March 25, 2013
Sunrise Mall auto burglaries ignite police chase

Police activity around Sunrise Mall on Saturday night involved a chase of suspected auto burglars.

Citrus Heights police said that a citizen noticed two people breaking into cars in the mall parking lot about 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Officers saw a car driven by Anthony Shane Junkin, 25, leave the scene and head eastbound on Greenback Lane.

Police said Junkin sideswiped a car at Greenback Lane and Illinois Avenue in Orangevale. Junkin and a passenger, Marcus Culbertson, 28, abandoned their vehicle and fled on foot.

A perimeter was set up and one of the men was found in a nearby backyard, the other walking away from the scene. Both men were booked into jail.

Junkin was arrested on suspicion of evading an officer, drug possession, hit and run, violation of probation and resisting an officer. Police said Culbertson was arrested on suspicion of evading an officer.

March 25, 2013
Tire-puncture spree hits Woodland neighborhood

Police say that 17 vehicles had their tires punctures in a case of malicious mischief in Woodland.

On Sunday morning, police were dispatched the neighborhood where the tires were punctured as vehicle owners awakened to find the damage. Officers noted flattened tires on Hacienda Drive, Adobe Way and the 1700 block of McKinley Avenue.

Police estimated that more than $2,000 in damage was sustained.

March 24, 2013
Police pursuit ends in crash of stolen vehicle, report says

Joseph Porraz, 18.jpgThe driver of a stolen vehicle led Sacramento police officers on a brief pursuit Saturday morning, before crashing into another vehicle, according to police reports.

Officers identified a stolen vehicle being driven near Franklin Boulevard and 47th Avenue about 8:35 a.m., when it sped away from them, police said. The stolen vehicle collided with another vehicle at 47th Avenue near Highway 99, injuring both drivers.

The driver of the stolen vehicle got out and tried to run away, but was captured shortly afterward, officials said.

Joseph Porraz, 18, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle, evading police and felony hit-and-run. He was taken to a local hospital for minor injuries prior to his arrest.

The driver of the other vehicle was also transported to a hospital with minor injuries, according to police.

March 20, 2013
Alert neighbor leads to arrest in Rocklin home burglaries

Gonzales. Matthew Christopher .jpgA Rocklin resident who noticed something amiss at his neighbor's house led police to arrest a man suspected of burglarizing at least two homes in the city this week.

Matthew Christopher Gonzales (pictured), 25, was arrested Tuesday afternoon after Rocklin police responded to a report of a residential burglary on Deer Run Court about 12:30 p.m.

When officers arrived, a witness told them that her father had noticed that the side door to their neighbor's garage had been broken open and heard noises coming from inside the neighbor's home, which he thought should have been vacant at the time.

March 15, 2013
Former Lions Education Foundation treasurer accused of embezzlement

Kent+Maloney.jpgThe former treasurer of the Lions Education Foundation was arrested today in El Dorado County, accused of embezzling more than $275,000 from the nonprofit organization.

The El Dorado County District Attorney's Office announced the arrest of Kent Maloney (pictured), 69, of Diamond Springs. The funds allegedly were embezzled over a period of seven years from the Lions Education Fund, which is associated with Lions Club International.

The DA's Office noted that according to the foundation's website, its budget is allocated to youth and education, with no administrative costs, and 100 percent of all monies going directly to support youth programs.

March 15, 2013
Mother, daughter plead guilty to burglaries targeting seniors

A mother and daughter have pleaded guilty in a series of burglaries committed in the Sacramento area during January.

Helen Costello, 43, and Shirley Costello, 22, pleaded guilty today to five counts of residential burglary as serious and violent felonies, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. They entered the pleas before Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Sweet. Each is to be sentenced to eight years in prison April 12.

The women engaged in a series of residential burglaries during January. Their targets were elderly victims in the Tahoe Park, Meadowview and Arden Arcade areas, authorities said. They approached victims and claimed to be their former neighbors, or said they were interested in buying a home or used automobile in the area. The women often asked to use the victim's bathroom. Once inside the residence, one of the women distracted the victim while the other searched for valuables.

March 14, 2013
Help sought in identifying Granite Bay burglary suspects

Placer County sheriff's detectives are seeking the public's help in identifying suspects in two residential burglaries that occurred in Granite Bay late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.

Items taken from the homes included bicycles, wallets, purses, credit cards and electronic equipment.

Early Wednesday, the suspects were captured on surveillance video at a Granite Bay store using a credit card taken in the burglary of one of the homes, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. The videos show them inside the store as well as the vehicle they were driving.

March 14, 2013
Distracted shopping leads to purloined wallets at Roseville groceries

Distracted shopping has resulted in two women being relieved of their wallets at Roseville grocery stores.

In the first theft, a woman was shopping at a supermarket in the 6700 block of Stanford Ranch Road when a stranger struck up a conversation with her about food. The shopper later realized her wallet was missing from her purse.

She theorized that the stranger was likely working with another woman who took the wallet out of her purse, according to Roseville police.

March 14, 2013
Arrest made in Auburn bike business burglaries

bicycle.jpgAuburn police arrested a man they suspect has a penchant for burglarizing bicycle businesses.

At 4 a.m. Tuesday, officers were dispatched to the Auburn Bike Works, 350 Grass Valley Highway when a burglar alarm was activated. Brandon Lee Monsen, 28, (pictured) a homeless man from the Auburn area, was found near the business, police said.

He was detained while officers went about investigating the property. They believe that Monsen tried to cut the power to the Bike Works and enter through the back of the building.

Police said Monsen had knives and crystal methamphetamine in his possession. They believe that Monsen may also be responsible for the burglary of the Auburn Bicycle Emporium, 483 Grass Valley Highway, on Sunday.

He was booked into Placer County Jail on suspicion of burglary and possession of a controlled substance.

March 13, 2013
Three people arrested in string of Truckee burglaries

Sabrina Kantlehner viewer.pngTruckee police announced the arrest of three people in connection with several residential and vehicle burglaries reported during February and early this month.

Officers worked several leads and identified two suspects related to the burglaries, according to a Police Department news release.

On Saturday, officers served search warrants related to these cases at several locations. During one of the searches, they contacted Anthony William Torres (left photo), 19, who had a large amount of crystal methamphetamine and U.S. currency on him at the time, officials said. He was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and later on suspicion of offenses related to the burglaries and gang affiliation.

On Tuesday, officers located a second suspect in the burglaries, Sergio Sanchez (center photo), 19, in the parking lot of the Henness Flats Apartments. Sanchez allegedly tried to flee by hiding in a vehicle driven by his girlfriend, Sabrina Kantlehner (right photo), 18. Officers detained Kantlehner and found Sanchez in the rear of the vehicle.

March 13, 2013
Citizen reclaims possessions for woman mugged in Sacramento

A woman robbed of her belongings on a city street has the kindness of another person to thank for getting them back.

Sacramento police said the 75-year-old woman was waiting at a bus stop about 7:30 p.m. Monday on Stockton Boulevard at Sixth Avenue, between the Oak Park and Tahoe Park neighborhoods. A man in his 30s approached and asked for money.

When she refused to give him any money, he roughed her up and took her utility cart containing her belongings. A citizen nearby witnessed the assault and followed the robber.

Once confronted by the citizen, the robber eventually handed over the woman's possessions to the good Samaritan. The robber, who fled, was described as a black man, about 6 feet 1 inch tall, 180 pounds, wearing a dark puffy jacket and blue jeans.

The woman was taken to the hospital for treatment of her injuries.

March 12, 2013
Sacramento men arrested in smart phone trafficking case

Two Sacramento men were arraigned today in Sacramento Superior Court on felony charges related to a multimillion-dollar international cell phone trafficking conspiracy that allegedly involved recruiting individuals from homeless shelters.

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced the arraignment, which followed a six-month, multistate investigation by the state Attorney General's eCrime Unit into the trafficking of stolen smart phones.

Shou Lin Wen, 38, and Yuting Tan, 27, both of Sacramento, allegedly bought large numbers of stolen smart phones in California for resale in Hong Kong, raking in nearly $4 million in less than a year, according to a California Attorney General's Office news release. The two were arrested March 6 and arraigned today on felony counts of money laundering, grand theft, possession of stolen property and conspiracy. They are being held in Sacramento County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail each.

March 11, 2013
Antelope Home Depot armed shoplifter sought by deputies

A gun-toting Home Depot shoplifter is wanted by the Sacramento Sheriff's Department.

Deputies need help in finding the man who entered the Home Depot, 5859 Antelope Road, at 7:20 p.m. March 1. The shoplifter then selected some merchandise and started to head out the door. When confronted by store shoplifting prevention employees, the man pulled out a semi-automatic handgun, according to authorities.

The shoplifter-robber fled in a vehicle.

He is described as a white man in his 20s, about 6 feet 1 inch tall with a medium build. He wore a black baseball cap, black t-shirt and jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call the robbery bureau at (916) 874-5115.

March 11, 2013
Sacramento police: Land Park search ends with arrests, weapon seizures

Sacramento police said two weapons were recovered during a search of a vehicle in Land Park last night.

The incident also resulted in the arrest of two people after a long search of the neighborhood around 9 p.m.

It all began when an officer drove over to speak to a man and a woman standing outside a car at a gas station near Sutterville Road and South Land Park Drive. The man tried to reach into the car but the officer stopped him.

March 10, 2013
Natomas drug theft suspect at large

Police are looking for a suspect in an alleged drug theft from a Natomas pharmacy Saturday afternoon.

A man walked into the controlled area of the Raley's pharmacy at 4650 Natomas Blvd., about 3:15 p.m., according to Sacramento police reports. He didn't say a word, and removed four bottles of cough syrup containing codeine from a shelf. When the pharmacist attempted to stop the man, he shoved her out of the way.

The man then fled on foot, police said. He was described as a black man, aged 25 to 30, with a stocky build and acne scars. An investigation is in progress.

March 6, 2013
Sacramento deputies seek tall suspect in credit union robbery

Mills branch.JPGSacramento County Sheriff's deputies hope a clear, close-up photograph (left) of a suspected robber will lead them to a tall man they say held up a Folsom Boulevard credit union.

The department said the man entered the Heritage Community Credit Union, 10339 Folsom Blvd., at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday. After waiting in line, he approached a teller and presented the credit union employee with a note demanding cash.

After the man was given the money, he fled on foot from the credit union with the cash in a white, cloth bag.

He was described as a black man in his 30s, about 6 feet 5 inches tall with a muscular build. Between his eyebrows, deputies said, was either a birthmark or tattoo on his forehead.

He also had a mustache and facial hair on his chin. He was dressed in a black, hooded sweatshirt and black jeans.

Anyone who can identify the man is asked to contact the robbery bureau at (916) 874-5115.

March 4, 2013
Sacramento men arrested in Rocklin vehicle burglaries

Rocklin police have arrested two men in connection with car burglaries in the city.

About 5 a.m. Sunday, a resident of the 2900 block of Cameron Drive saw an individual break into his neighbor's vehicle, then drive off in a dark-colored van, according to a Police Department news release.

The witness immediately called police. Responding officers spotted a van matching the description given by the witness and stopped it. Inside the van, they found property later identified as belonging to Cameron Drive resident and two other Rocklin victims.

The occupants of the van, Luis Alejandro Sanchez Padilla, 24, and David Garcia, 19, both of Sacramento, were arrested. Both were booked into Placer County Jail on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property and conspiracy. Bail was set at $10,000.

March 4, 2013
Sacramento police used Taser and baton to bring suspect under control

Lonetoga Maea.JPGA suspected motorbike thief was wrestled, hit with a Taser and ultimately struck with a police baton during a violent arrest in South Sacramento on Sunday.

Lonetoga Maea, 32, was booked on suspicion of assault on a police officer, motor vehicle theft and a drug charge after his arrest Sunday night.

Officers were called to the area of Mack Road and Samos Way in the Parkway neighborhood about 6:45 p.m. Police were told that people were being loud and riding dirt bikes up and down the street.

March 3, 2013
Sacramento robbery suspect arrested, thanks to store manager

A quick-thinking drugstore manager helped police nab a robber in Sacramento's Pocket neighborhood late Saturday,according to Sacramento police.

A man entered a CVS pharmacy store at 7465 Rush River Dr. about 11:40 p.m., threatened the clerk and demanded the cash register be opened. The clerk told police he didn't see a weapon, but noticed a bulge in the man's waistband. The clerk opened the register and backed away, said Officer Michele Gigante, a police spokesperson.

Meanwhile, the manager returned from his lunch break and when he walked into the store, he saw the suspect interacting with the store clerk. He noticed the clerk's odd behavior and called 911.

The suspect walked around the counter, grabbed a wad of cash from the cash drawer, then fled, Gigante said. The manager was able to stay on the phone and give police information that helped them locate a suspect, and the cash was recovered, she said.

Jordann Coleman, 28, was arrested on suspicion of robbery and violation of probation, police said.

March 3, 2013
Suspect sought in Auburn armed robbery

A masked armed robber made off with cash from an Auburn convenience store Saturday morning, according to police detectives.

The suspect is still at large, said Auburn Police Sgt. Dale Hutchins.

A clerk called police about 5:30 a.m. and reported that a man had walked into the store, displayed a black pistol and demanded cash. After the robbery, the suspect fled on foot, going westbound on Auburn Ravine Road.

Police and Placer County sheriff's deputies searched the area, turning up evidence, but the suspect eluded capture, Hutchins said. A surveillance video camera recorded the crime and was reviewed by investigators.

The suspect is described as a white male adult, about 5'8", with a medium build. He was wearing a blue and gray knit poncho, black athletic pants, black and red gloves and a dark-colored mask.

Anyone with information about the suspect or crime is asked to call Hutchins at the Auburn Police Department at (530) 823-4237, ext. 207.

February 28, 2013
Electric shopping cart driver placed under arrest in Sonora

A man was arrested for traveling Sonora streets on a stolen electric supermarket shopping cart, police said.

Country singing great George Jones once related how his then-wife Tammy Wynette took his car keys away, so he headed down the road for a drink on his riding lawn mower. John Mathews, 77, didn't have a drink in mind when he was stopped at 1 a.m. Wednesday on Mono Way in the Toulumne County Gold Rush of Sonora on a motorized Safeway grocery cart.

Police said he told officers that the store had given him the cart, valued at $1,000, because he can't walk very well. Mathews couldn't supply the name of the employee who gave him permission to drive the cart off store property.

The officer contacted a Safeway representative who said Mathews did not have authority to take the cart off store property, and that employees were not aware it was missing, police stated in a press release.

The cart was returned to Safeway and Mathews was booked on suspicion of possession of stolen property.

February 27, 2013
Placer detectives seek to identify Loomis burglary suspect

Barn Inside_2013-02-23.jpgPlacer County sheriff's detectives seek the public's help in identifying a burglary suspect whose image was captured on surveillance video in a Loomis barn early Saturday.

The man (pictured) is described as about 40 years old, weighing 150 to 180 pounds, with blond or gray hair. He wore black jeans, a black hooded sweatshirt with a brightly colored pattern on the front and black gloves.

He was seen on video walking through the barn on Creekside Lane in Loomis at 3:34 a.m., according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

Anyone who can identify the man is asked to call Detective Ryan West at (916) 652-2423. Those who wish to remain anonymous are asked to call Placer County Crime Stoppers at (800) 923-8191, or provide a tip online at Information leading to an arrest could earn the tipster a cash reward of up to $1,000.

February 27, 2013
Red Bandits operation targets gang members responsible for West Sac area burglaries

Arrests by state and Yolo County law enforcement officers could cripple street gangs who are thought to be responsible for dozens of home and car burglaries, West Sacramento police said.

The arrests stem from more than 80 home burglaries and 40 car burglaries starting in December in West Sacramento and the outlying region. Thirteen people were arrested.

In addition, three assault rifles, drugs, ammunition, body armor and four handguns were confiscated.

The operation was dubbed "Operation Red Bandits" because members of the burglary ring were identified as members of the Norteno street gang. The gang wears the color red.

The operation targeted gang members from 16 to 20 years old. The gang members supported their lifestyle through the selling of drugs and stolen property.

Those arrested face possession of narcotics, narcotics sales, burglary and violent crime charges.

"Today's operation will cripple these criminal street gangs and their criminal enterprise network," stated a press release.

February 27, 2013
Detective work leads to Auburn robbery arrest

The search of a Grass Valley home led to the arrest of a man for an Auburn convenience store stick-up.

Auburn police said a masked man armed with a gun held up the Auburn Gas & Food, 1110 High St., about 7 p.m. Feb. 7. The robber escaped with cash.

During an investigation following the robbery, Detective Dave Neher was able to identify a possible suspect and recover a firearm believed to have been used in the crime.

As a result of his investigation, Neher developed probable cause for a search warrant of a home in the 1400 block of Segsworth Way in Grass Valley. A search of the home on Tuesday turned up "items associated with the robbery," according to an Auburn police press release.

Jeremiah Navratil, 24, was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery and committing a felony while out on bail.

February 26, 2013
Man sentenced to prison for embezzling from Davis firm

A Brentwood man has been sentenced to five years in prison for embezzling from his employer, a Davis-based firm.

Benjamin Chaney, 33, was convicted in January of grand theft, embezzlement, one "aggravated white collar crime" enhancement, and two counts of state income tax evasion relating to theft from his employer, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release. He was sentenced Friday by Yolo County Superior Court Judge Stephen Mock.

Chaney had been employed as chief financial officer for Harper Model Home Maintenance, a company owned by his former mother-in-law and father-in-law. Between 2003 and 2007, he embezzled more than $300,000 from his employer by paying his personal expenses with corporate funds and altering the records to cover the fraud, officials said.