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Pair arrested for stealing landscaping tools

Shafeeq Purdy Roseville PD

Shafeeq Purdy
Roseville PD

Christopher Ross Roseville PD

Christopher Ross
Roseville PD

ROSEVILLE, CA – Roseville police have arrested two people responsible for stealing tools from a landscape maintenance crew.

Roseville Police officers conducted a special operation to address a recent increase in thefts from landscape maintenance crews.

Working with the department’s crime analyst to identify areas where more thefts were likely to occur, officers were able to stakeout a known hotspot for thefts. On Friday morning during the stakeout, officers observed a car cruising slowly through a neighborhood, and saw two people get out of the car and take tools from a landscaper’s trailer on Park Regency Drive.

Officers stopped the vehicle and detained the driver, identified as 32-year-old Shafeeq Jamal Purdy, on Junction Boulevard. The passenger, identified as 20-year-old Christopher Darnell Ross, got out and ran away, jumping over a retaining wall and through yards in the adjacent neighborhood.

Area of theft Google Maps

Area of theft
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After a brief search, officers found the second suspect in a yard in the 1800 block of Grouse Run Circle, where he was taken into custody without further incident.

The stolen property was recovered and returned to the victim.

Both suspect are from Sacramento and were arrested on suspicion of grand theft, conspiracy, and possession of burglar’s tools. Purdy was also charged with delaying or obstructing police officers.


Driver killed on Industrial Avenue in Roseville identified

Police-lightsROSEVILLE, CA – The man who was killed after he lost control of his vehicle along Industrial Avenue in Roseville has been identified as a Citrus Heights man.

According to Roseville Police Spokeswoman, Dee Dee Gunther, 63-year-old William Martin Wood, of Citrus Heights, was the driver of the car that slammed into a tree on Sunday morning.

The single vehicle accident occurred at approximately 6:30 a.m. Sunday when a driver reported seeing another vehicle off the side of the road in an apparent collision with a tree.

Area of accident Google Maps

Area of accident
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Police and fire responded to the area of Industrial Avenue, just before Blue Oaks Blvd, where they found a gray Isuzu SUV that had slammed into a tree.

Wood apparently lost control of the vehicle causing the Isuzu to leave the roadway and crash into the tree. It’s unknown what caused Wood to lose control. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Industrial Avenue was closed Sunday morning until just before 1 p.m.

Anyone who saw the collision or has information that could help with the investigation is asked to call the Roseville Police Department at (916)774-5000 extension 1, option 2.

Solo crash claims life in Roseville

Police-lightsROSEVILLE, CA – A man in his sixties was killed Sunday morning in a solo-vehicle accident along Industrial Avenue.

According to Roseville Police, the call came in at 6:30 a.m. Sunday when a driver reported seeing a vehicle off the side of the road in an apparent collision.

Area of accident Google Maps

Area of accident
Google Maps

Police and fire responded to the area of Industrial Avenue, just before Blue Oaks Blvd, where they found a gray Isuzu SUV that had slammed into a tree.

The man had apparently lost control of the vehicle causing the Isuzu to leave the roadway and crash into the tree. It’s unknown at this time what caused the driver to lose control.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Industrial Avenue will be closed between Packard Drive and Galilee Road for the next several hours for the investigation, which is being conducted by Roseville Police Department’s Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team.

UPDATE: Industrial reopened shortly before 1 p.m. Sunday.

Anyone who saw the collision or has information that could help with the investigation is asked to call the Roseville Police Department at (916)774-5000 extension 1, option 2.

Roseville PD mourns death of Border Patrol Agent

Alexander Giannini posed with Roseville Police officer Courtesy Roseville PD

Alexander Giannini posed with Roseville Police officer
Courtesy Roseville PD

ROSEVILLE, CA – The Roseville Police Department is mourning the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Alexander Giannini, who grew up in Roseville and also participated in Roseville’s Explorer Scout troop for 6 years with his sister.

Giannini was a five year veteran for the U.S. Border Patrol in Arizona. He was killed in an on-duty, single-vehicle, traffic collision shortly after 7:30 a.m. Wednesday while traveling with a fellow agent on Eastbound Interstate 10 near Sybil Road.

Both Agents were transported to University of Arizona Medical Center. Giannini was transported by air due to the major injuries he sustained. He died enroute. The condition of the other agent is unknown.

Giannini grew up in Roseville, graduating from Roseville High School in 2008. He joined the Roseville Police Department’s Explorer Scout troop along with his sister at the age of 14. He remained in the program until the age of 20, when he joined the U.S. Border Patrol.

The Roseville Police Department said in a statement, “We’re grieving for Alex today, and send our heartfelt sympathy to his family and to his many friends and colleagues in both the Roseville Police Department and the U.S. Border Patrol’s Wilcox, Arizona.”

Alexander Giannini posed during drug bust as a Border Patrol Agent

Alexander Giannini posed during drug bust as a Border Patrol Agent

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has ordered that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Thursday, May 29, 2014, in honor of Border Patrol Agent Alexander Giannini.

The governor has ordered that flags also be lowered on the day of his interment, for which services are pending.

The Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske said in a statement, “It is difficult expressing our thoughts and appreciation for their commitment and dedication to the mission knowing that whatever words we draw upon simply will not do justice to the sacrifices they made. We ask that the citizens of Arizona and the nation join us in thoughts and prayers for the families of these brave individuals.”

2 students arrested in Roseville High School fire

DSC05359ROSEVILLE, CA – Two senior Roseville High School students have been arrested in connection to the fire that destroyed the graduation stage that was setup on the school’s football field.

According to the Roseville Police Department, 18-year-old Roy Jordan Loya and a 17-year-old male have been arrested on suspicion of arson. The pair were arrested for suspicion of arson, felony vandalism, and conspiracy. Both are Roseville High School seniors and they were scheduled to graduate tomorrow on the very stage they destroyed.

The Roseville Fire Department was called out to Roseville High School at 1:20 a.m. Thursday after receiving report of a fire at the school.

Fire crews were able to quickly extinguish the blaze, but not before it had completely destroyed the stage and damaged the newly installed turf. The school district’s preliminary estimate to repair the damage is $100,000.

The Roseville Police Department youth service officer assigned to Roseville High School, working with school officials was able to identify the two Roseville High School students as suspects.

School officials are scrambling to salvage tomorrow night’s event which will be seeing close to 500 students graduating.

Pedestrian in wheelchair struck and killed in Roseville

Police-lightsROSEVILLE, CA – A man in a wheelchair was crossing the street in Roseville late Sunday afternoon when he was stuck by a vehicle and severely injured.

According to police, a 53-year-old Roseville man was driving a 1999 Nissan Pathfinder SUV northbound on Washington Boulevard when he collided with a 65-year-old man, later identified as 65-year-old Ramon Esparza-Morales, of Roseville,  was crossing Washington Boulevard westbound in a motorized wheelchair in the crosswalk at Pleasant Street.

Morales was in a wheelchair at the time of the collision and taken to the hospital by ambulance with life-threatening injuries.  He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Neither alcohol nor other drugs appear to have played a role in the collision.

The collision is being investigated by the Roseville Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team.  All lanes of Washington Boulevard are closed between Elefa Street and Grove Street while investigators examine the scene.   At this time, investigators estimate the roadway will reopen around 10 p.m.

 

Trio arrested for shooting in Roseville

Police-lightsROSEVILLE, CA – Roseville police have arrested three people responsible for firing shots at another vehicle on Wednesday.

According to Roseville Police, they received reports of shots being fired from one vehicle at another. The incident happened at approximately 7:45 p.m. yesterday in the area of Pleasant Grove Boulevard and Fairway Drive.

Responding officers were able to locate the suspect vehicle in Roseville Square and detained three occupants without incident.

Officers discovered a stolen gun hidden inside their vehicle and arrested 19-year-old Dionicio Serrano, 20-year-old Esperanza Romero and 20-year old Francisco Alexis Noriega, all from Sacramento, on suspicion of assault with a firearm and other related charges.

Officers determined that the suspects had stopped at a gas station near Pleasant Grove Boulevard and Fairway Drive, where one of the occupants threw trash on the ground. A bystander, who saw the person littering, picked up the trash and said something to the litterer.

A witness, who heard the exchange of words said he saw one of the occupants pull out a handgun and say, “You’re lucky I don’t shoot you,” as they were leaving the area. The witness followed the vehicle and contacted police.

According to the witness, at least two shots were fired. He followed the suspects through the Nugget Parking lot and down Highway 65 at speeds close to 100 MPH, ultimately ending at Roseville Square.

Nobody was injured by the gunfire.

Roseville Animal Control nabs crocodile

ACO Bennett Courtesy Roseville PD

ACO Bennett (some people have all the fun)
Courtesy Roseville PD

ROSEVILLE, CA – Roseville animal control officers had their hands full on Wednesday after discovering a 4 foot crocodile roaming the TJ Maxx Plaza.

According to Roseville Police, someone had abandoned the feisty four foot croc in a container outside a reptile business at the plaza.

The problem was, the crocodile wasn’t happy in the container and decided to go for a stroll in the plaza.

Croc on the loose! Roseville PD

Croc on the loose!
Roseville PD

Luckily Animal Control Officer Bennett was able to lasso the creature and didn’t have to resort to crocodile wrestling. The CelebrityExaminer believes ACO Bennett would have been up to the challenge, too bad we will never know.

According to authorities the croc wasn’t very happy about being placed back into a cage.

The owner of the abandoned croc was kind enough to leave a note identifying it as a Nile crocodile – which is how us Californian’s know it’s not an alligator.

ACO Bennett turned the critter over to State Fish & Wildlife and they will be looking to place it into an educational program.

According to Animal Control, if it’s truly a Nile crocodile, it could grow to a length of 20 feet and is illegal to own, not to mention it would make one dangerous pet.

Roseville PD breaks up burglary ring

Robert Vance Courtesy Roseville PD

Robert Vance
Courtesy Roseville PD

Valiri Ryan Courtesy Roseville PD

Valiri Ryan
Courtesy Roseville PD

ROSEVILLE, CA – The Roseville Police Department has busted up a burglary ring that was targeting office buildings and storage facilities in the Roseville area.

On Tuesday, the Roseville Police Department said it had arrested four people in connection to a string of commercial burglaries in the area. The arrests came after a month long investigation that started after a police officer stopped a suspicious vehicle back in January.

It was in the middle of the night in mid-January when a Roseville patrol officer stopped a suspicious vehicle and arrested two people and recovered stolen property.

Roseville Police Spokeswoman, Dee Dee Gunther told CBS13, the officer “stopped and talked to the individuals and things were not adding up. He was persistent and did some digging and found some property from recent burglaries.”

Brook Heston Courtesy Roseville PD

Brook Heston
Courtesy Roseville PD

James Eisner Courtesy Roseville PD

James Eisner
Courtesy Roseville PD

This led to a month long investigation, and over the past two weeks detectives served search warrants at two apartments and a storage unit, recovering stolen property from a number of commercial burglaries in Roseville. Along with the stolen items officers found stolen ID and evidence of marijuana sales.

Six people were arrested, including 40-year-old James Eisner and 27-year-old Valiri Ryan, both of Roseville. The two were arrested on suspicion of identity theft, conspiracy, possession of stolen property, possession of methamphetamine and other related charges.

Forty-two-year-old Brook Heston, of Roseville was arrested on suspicion of possessing marijuana for sale, keeping a place to sell drugs, possessing stolen property, and other related charges

Forty-four-year-old Robert Vance, of Citrus Heights was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, assaulting a peace officer and other related charges

Two others were arrested on suspicion of soliciting Heston to buy drugs. Detectives are continuing to try and identify other burglary and identity theft victims.

 

Man robs bank inside Roseville Bel Air

Surveillance Photo

Surveillance Photo

ROSEVILLE, CA – Roseville police are looking for a man suspected of robbing a River City Bank located inside a Bel Air store on Friday.

According to the Roseville Police Department, the suspect enter the Bel Air store located at Sunrise Avenue and Cirby Way on Friday just after 4 p.m.

The man demanded money and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. No weapons were seen and no one was injured during the incident.

A photo was taken from surveillance equipment. The robber is described as a white male with blond hair and appeared to be in his 30s, between 6’2″ to 6’4″ tall and weighing around 200 pounds. A surveillance photo is attached.

If you recognize this man or have any other information that could help solve this crime, call Roseville Crime Stoppers at (916)783-STOP.

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