Saturday, February 28, 2009

Pedestrian Struck While Not In Crosswalk

On February 27, 2009 at approximately 6:40 p.m., a 70 year old male from North Highlands was crossing the street from the south side of Elverta Road to the north side, just west of Walerga Road. The pedestrian had crossed the eastbound lanes and entered into the westbound lanes. A 34 year old male from Antelope was driving a white 1993 Ford Bronco westbound on Elverta Road just west of Walerga Road at approximately 35 mph in the far right lane. The driver did not see the pedestrian and the left front of his vehicle struck the pedestrian. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene. The pedestrian was wearing jeans and a dark colored jacket and was not crossing in a crosswalk. The name of the pedestrian is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Alcohol and/or drugs are not a contributing factor in this collision. This collision is still under investigation.

Man Arrested For Killing His Brother

On Thursday, February 26, 2009, at 5:00 p.m., homicide detectives arrested 49-year-old Calvin Lynn for the murder of his brother, 54-year-old Lawrence Lynn.

On Wednesday, August 22, 2007, the Police Department responded to a report of a foul odor coming from the backyard of 1222 South Avenue. In the backyard of this vacant house, officers found a dead body buried under some weeds. The victim was identified as Lawrence Lynn and appeared to have died from blunt force trauma. A crime scene was located at the victim’s house, in the 3600 block of Dry Creek Road.

The investigation revealed that after their mother passed away, the brothers had an ongoing dispute over the ownership of her house. Based on the evidence and statements, homicide detectives were able to obtain a murder warrant for Calvin Lynn. He was taken into custody without incident.

Battle Of The Shields Police Vs. Fire Fundraiser Basketball Game

On Sunday, March 1, 2009, members of the Sacramento Police and the Fire Departments will face off in a basketball game fundraiser. The game will be played in the gymnasium of Inderkum High School (2500 New Market Drive) and will begin at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for only $5; kids 5 years and under are free! There will be food, drinks, and lots of raffle prizes.

Proceeds from this fundraiser will assist Natomas Middle School students who are planning a field trip to Washington D.C. Come out and cheer your local officers and firefighters while showing support for the wonderful kids at Natomas Middle School.

The Police and Fire Departments are looking forward to a friendly competition on the court and are proud to be able to help the children in our community. As for predictions on who will win, Police Captain Daniel Hahn said, "The police will definitely out shoot the fire department." Fire Captain Jim Doucette said, "The fire team will extinguish all the competition."

Sixteen Year Old Murder Case Solved

On Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 the Sacramento Police Department’s Cold Case Homicide Unit obtained an arrest warrant on 44-year-old Michael Peterson for the 1992 murder of John Arana.


On November 5, 1992, at 10:40 a.m., John Arana was discovered by a friend suffering from stab wounds in his house at 5434 10th Avenue. Arana’s truck and items from inside his residence had been stolen. Arana died from his injuries at the residence.

A few days after the homicide, Arana’s stolen vehicle was located by the Sacramento Police Department. The vehicle was parked unoccupied approximately 1½ miles from Arana’s residence.

In 2003, the Sacramento Police Department along with the Sacramento County District Attorneys Office reviewed this case. Items of evidence were examined and the Sacramento County Crime Lab was able to extract a DNA profile from evidence located inside Arana’s residence. This profile was uploaded and searched against both the state and national DNA databases. There was no match in the databases and the suspect’s identity remained unknown.

On January 14, 2009, cold case detectives were running out of possible leads in the case when they received a call from Sacramento County Criminalist Jeff Herbert. Herbert informed detectives that a DNA match was made on this sixteen year old murder case. The DNA match was for Michael Peterson. Peterson had recently been convicted and sent to prison in Missouri. It was based on the recent conviction that Peterson’s DNA profile was entered into the DNA database.


Michael Peterson has an extensive criminal history in both California and Missouri. Peterson was on parole in Sacramento at the time of the Arana murder.

Detectives are working with the Sacramento District Attorney’s Office to arrange for Peterson’s return to Sacramento for prosecution.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Bank Robbery Suspect “Flannel Guy” Arrested

On February 25, 2009 at 4:58 p.m., the Elk Grove Police Department developed information that a wanted parolee, 41-year-old John Sandretto of Citrus Heights, would be at a residence located in the 5500 block of Laguna Park Dr. Officers began a surveillance of the residence and at 5:44 p.m., John Sandretto was taken into custody without incident by members of the Elk Grove Police Department for a felony warrant and narcotic charges.

During the course of the arrest and subsequent investigation, officers developed information that John Sandretto was responsible for the robbery of the Downey Savings & Loan in Elk Grove (5000 Laguna Blvd.) on February 20, 2009 http://sacramentonews.blogspot.com/2009/02/bank-robbery-suspect-sought.html . In addition to the Downey Savings & Loan robbery, Sandretto is suspected of being responsible for three other bank robberies: the Union Bank of California at 1850 Douglas Blvd. in Roseville on February 17, 2009 http://sacramentonews.blogspot.com/2009/02/roseville-police-investigating-bank.html ; the Washington Mutual Bank at 3601 Fair Oaks Blvd. in Sacramento on February 23, 2009; and the Wells Fargo Bank at 2000 Douglas Boulevard in Roseville on February 25, 2009 http://sacramentonews.blogspot.com/2009/02/roseville-wells-fargo-bank-robbed-by.html .

During the bank robberies, Sandretto handed the tellers a note and demanded money. Sandretto had been nicknamed the "Flannel Guy" because of the plaid flannel jacket he wore during the first two robberies.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call the Elk Grove Police Department Detective Bureau at (916) 478-8060.

Suspected Car Burglars Arrested

At 2:20 a.m. Wednesday, February 25, Roseville Police officers responded to a report of three males who were looking into parked vehicles in a hotel parking lot in the 100 block of North Sunrise Avenue. Roseville officers arrived within minutes and detained the suspects. One vehicle in the parking lot had its trunk open. The Hyundai sedan the suspects were driving had been reported stolen from Sacramento last week. A search of the Hyundai produced suspected stolen property, methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia, and burglar's tools.

Devin Daniel Reed, 21, of El Dorado Hills was arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine for sale, possessing stolen property, tampering with a vehicle, possessing burglar's tools, prowling on private property, possessing drug parphernalia, conspiracy, and a Sacramento County warrant for possession of stolen property. He is being held without bail in the Placer County Jail.

Vladimir V. Martynov, 23, of Sacramento was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, possession of methamphetamine for sale, using a false name, possession of burglar's tools, prowling on private property, resisting arrest, conspiracy, and a Sacramento County warrant for auto theft. He is being held without bail in the Placer County Jail.

Aleksandr Nikolayevi Khavrenko, 22, of North Highlands was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of stolen property, prowling on private property, possession of burglar's tools, and conspiracy. He was released after posting a $15,000 bail bond.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Roseville Wells Fargo Bank Robbed By "Flannel Guy"

At 2:39 p.m. Wednesday, February 25, the Wells Fargo Bank at 2000 Douglas Blvd. was robbed by a serial bank robber nicknamed "Flannel Guy".

The robber entered the bank, handed a bank employee a note demanding cash, took the cash and left without further incident. No weapons were used. The robber was described as a white male in his 40s, approximately 5'7" tall, with short graying brown hair, a mustache and goatee. In today's robbery he wore a black Adidas ball cap, a black and white synthetic-material t-shirt with an triangular emblem on the front, and blue jeans.

The same suspect is believed to have committed three other bank robberies in the Sacramento region over the past eight days, including:
Union Bank of California in Roseville on 2/17/09
Downey Savings in Elk Grove on 2/20/09
Washington Mutual on Fair Oaks Blvd. near Watt Ave. in Sacramento on 2/23/09

Police nicknamed him "Flannel Guy" because of the plaid flannel jacket he wore during the first two robberies.

Anyone with information about these robberies is asked to call the Roseville Police Department Investigations Unit at (916)774-5070, Roseville Crime Stoppers at (916)783-7867, the FBI's Sacramento office at (916) 481-9110, or the Sacramento Violent Crime Task Force at (916) 874-5115.



Bank Robbery Suspect Sought

On February 20, 2009 at 4:49 p.m., the Elk Grove Police Department responded to a bank robbery that had just occurred at the Downey Savings & Loan located at 5000 Laguna Blvd.

An unidentified male approached a Downey Savings & Loan teller and handed her a note demanding money. The teller complied with the suspect’s demands and retrieved an undisclosed amount of currency, which the unidentified suspect took from the teller. The suspect then exited the bank and fled with the money in an unknown direction.

The subject was described as a white male adult, 40 to 50 years of age, 5’7”, 170 pounds with dark brown /gray hair and a goatee. The suspect was wearing a dark baseball cap, green and tan Pendleton type jacket with light colored blue jeans.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call the Elk Grove Police Department Detective Bureau at (916) 478-8060 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357). Callers to Crime Alert can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Tips can also be sent via SMS text message by entering CRIMES (274637) on a cell phone, followed by Tip732 (agency identification number) and the message.


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Active Shooter Notification And Response Options Course

The University campus is invited to a two-hour presentation regarding the history and psychology of active shooters, police/university reaction, the Emergency Notification System (ENS), and response options.

The two sessions scheduled for this semester are 8-11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 25 and Tuesday, April 14, in the University Union Foothill Suite.

The course will give attendees information on recognizing an Active Shooter situation and how it differs from other shooting situations. Attendees will learn how to notify authorities and also how the Emergency Notification System and other University communication systems may alert them.

An opportunity to sign up for the Emergency Notification System will be available at the presentation. Also, attendees will be shown practical options which they can use to plan and respond to an active shooter incident.

With 5.5 Million Visits To City Parks And Recreational Facilities Last Year, Park Safety Rangers Continue To Make Each Visit Safe And Memorable

Last year alone, the City’s 200-plus parks and recreational facilities received approximately 5.5 million visits from Sacramento residents and others who participated in recreational activities, celebrated life-events, and enjoyed the company of family and friends. The Department’s Park Safety Rangers were responsible for ensuring that each one of those 5.5 million visits was memorable, in line with City ordinances, and safe for all.

The Park Safety Services unit was established in 1995. Park Safety Rangers are responsible for patrolling City parks, bike trails, community centers, and aquatic facilities. They also enforce City ordinances, protect wildlife areas, interpret rules and regulations, and provide assistance to park-goers and facility-users. Rangers are able to successfully carry out these responsibilities by working collaboratively with the Sacramento Police Department, the County Rangers, and numerous other agencies.

In 2008, the Park Safety Services unit recorded the following statistics:

Overall visits by individuals to City parks and recreational facilities – Approx. 5.5 million
Number of park/facility checks by Park Safety Rangers – 13,000
Number of direct citizen contacts – 35,000
Number of calls for service – 3,500
Number of requests for support during special events – 150
Number of felony apprehensions – 50
Number of citations/tickets issued – 800 (infractions); 100 (misdemeanors)

In this new year, as in years past, Park Safety Rangers will continue to make each visit to a City park or recreational facility safe and memorable.

Police Ask For Help Identifying Three People

The Sacramento Police Department is looking to identify three individuals who were seen using a stolen card at a local store in Antelope. The card was stolen in a home invasion robbery.

On Wednesday, December 17, 2008, at approx. 3:50 a.m., a home invasion robbery occurred in the 8000 block of Rush River. Once in the entryway, the suspects rushed the victim, knocking him to the ground and assaulting him. The victim was held at gunpoint while the other suspects ransacked his apartment. The victim believes there were two male suspects and two female suspects.

There were numerous items stolen, including the card used in a local Antelope store. Below are the images of the unknown individuals using the victim’s stolen card.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to these individuals or this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or (800) AA-Crime. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.



Arrest Made In New Years Day Homicide

On Saturday, February 21, 2009, Detectives arrested 18-year-old Nicholas Moreno for the murder of 21-year-old Kyle Smith.

On Thursday, January 1, 2009, at approximately 1:15 a.m., the Sacramento Police Department responded to the 400 block of Camellia River Way on the report that someone had been shot. Officers found Kyle Smith suffering from a gunshot wound to his head. Smith was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Sacramento Police Department’s Homicide and Crime Scene Investigation Unit responded to the scene. Based on their investigation, it appears that during a New Years Eve party an argument ensued which escalated to a physical fight. During the fight, Moreno pulled out a gun and shot Smith.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or (800) AA-Crime. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Roseville Crime Stoppers Awards Tipster

On February 12, Roseville Crime Stoppers presented a $500 reward to a Thunder Valley Casino employee who helped law enforcement identify the "Stuffed Shirt Bandit." The robber, nicknamed because of his habit of stuffing bank robbery loot into his shirt, was convicted of the June 11, 2008 robbery of River City Bank in Roseville, the June 23, 2008 robbery of Wells Fargo Bank in Lincoln, and five other northern California bank robberies.

Soon after the robbery in Lincoln, an off-duty Thunder Valley Casino employee saw surveillance footage of the suspect in the news media, and recognized the suspect as a recent visitor to the casino. The casino employee drove to work on his day off, and located surveillance video of the suspect and his vehicle, which helped identify the suspect. Thunder Valley Casino officials provided the information to law enforcement, and Roseville Police investigators located the suspect at a Roseville hotel. On June 26, Roseville Police investigators conducted surveillance on the hotel and arrested the suspect, Scott Stewart Singewald, 42, of Roseville, without incident.

According to a U.S. Attorney's Office press release, on September 5, Singewald pleaded guilty before United States District Court Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. to seven counts of bank robbery. A U.S. Attorney's Office representative said that on January 9, Singewald was sentenced to 97 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $34,237 in restitution.

Roseville Police Chief Mike Blair said, "This case was a great example of the partnership among local and federal law enforcement agencies, Roseville Crime Stoppers, and the community. We are indebted to Thunder Valley Casino for their outstanding cooperation in this case, to their employee who went beyond the call of duty to help identify a criminal, and to Roseville Crime Stoppers for providing the reward."

The casino employee's tip lead to Singewald's arrest and conviction on the following bank robberies:
September 1, 2007, Bank of America, 2400 N. Texas St., Fairfield
May 3, 2008, Bank of the West, 186 Main St., Woodland
May 16, 2008, Central Valley Community Bank, 1919 Howard Rd., Madera
May 24, 2008, Washington Mutual Bank, 2866 W. March Ln., Stockton
June 11, 2008, River City Bank, 3992 Douglas Blvd., Roseville
June 20, 2008, Bank of the West, 3509 El Camino Ave., Carmichael
June 23, 2008, Wells Fargo Bank, 945 Highway 65, Lincoln

The arrest resulted from the casino employee's tip and a joint investigation by the Roseville and Lincoln Police Departments, and the Sacramento Violent Crimes Task Force, comprised of investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

Per Roseville Crime Stopper's policy, the tipster remains anonymous. Anyone wanting to provide information about a Roseville-area crime may call Roseville Crime Stoppers at (916)783-7867. Roseville Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips about crimes in Roseville leading to arrest.

Roseville Police Investigating Bank Robbery

Union Bank of California, 1850 Douglas Blvd., was robbed at about 4 p.m. Tuesday, February 17. The robber was described as a white male in his mid-40s, 5'8" tall with a small build. He had salt-and-pepper hair and a goatee, and was wearing a ball cap, a plaid flannel-type jacket over a hooded sweatshirt, and blue jeans. He handed the teller a note demanding cash, received cash and left the bank without incident. No weapon was used.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect in the attached surveillance photos or has any information about this crime is asked to call the Roseville Police Department Investigations Unit at (916)774-5070 or Roseville Crime Stoppers at (916)783-7867. Roseville Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips leading to arrest.





Thursday, February 19, 2009

Lance Armstrong’s Bike Turned Into Police Station

On Wednesday, February 18, 2009, at 10:35 a.m., a local resident brought Lance Armstrong’s stolen Trek bicycle to Sacramento Police headquarters at 5770 Freeport Boulevard.

On Sunday, February 15, 2009, a report was made to the Sacramento Police Department regarding four bicycles that were stolen from the back of a Ryder truck which contained 26 bicycles. The bicycles belonged to Armstrong’s team who were in Sacramento competing in the Amgen Tour of California. The truck was parked in downtown Sacramento in an alley between 15th and 16th Streets near L Street. The thieves cut an exterior lock which secured the bicycles inside the truck. One of the stolen bicycles belonged to Armstrong.

On Tuesday, February 17, 2009, personnel from the hotel near where the theft occurred called the Police Department advising one of the team’s blue bikes that had been reported stolen was in fact sitting in hotel storage. Hotel personnel stated it was a miscommunication between the rider and the hotel.

The following day, February 18, a local resident drove to the police station and turned in a bicycle he believed was stolen from Lance Armstrong. Detectives confirmed that the bike was in fact Armstrong’s stolen bicycle. The citizen wishes to remain anonymous. The facts surrounding how the person came into possession of the bicycle are not being released at this time due to an ongoing investigation.

The bicycle is currently in the care of the Police Department and arrangements will be made to return the bicycle to the owner.

Roseville Police Cracking Down On Drunken Drivers

The Roseville Police Department is conducting a DUI saturation patrol Saturday evening, February 21. Officers will be out in force patrolling for drunken and drug-impaired drivers.

“Safety is our number one concern, and that means getting drunk drivers off our streets,” Roseville Police Chief Mike Blair said. “Too many people have been killed and injured in Roseville because of impaired driving.”

The good news is that overall, traffic-related deaths and injuries are down in Roseville. Both total collisions and collisions involving death or injury were down six percent in 2008 compared to 2007.

The bad news is that alcohol and other drug-related collisions are on the rise. Roseville Police officers investigated 19 percent more DUI-related crashes in 2008 than 2007. One person was killed last year and 65 were injured by drunk drivers. The Roseville Police Department is battling the problem with routine nightly DUI enforcement, DUI and driver’s license checkpoints, saturation patrols, and DUI warrant sweeps.

Funding for Roseville’s DUI enforcement efforts is provided by a $100,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Roseville Police Arrest Two For Robbery

On Friday, February 13, Roseville Police detectives arrested a man and woman suspected of committing a roadside robbery on February 2.

Shortly after 2:30 a.m. on February 2, a 56-year-old Elverta man reported that he had been robbed by a couple he had befriended earlier in the evening at Thunder Valley Casino. The Elverta man agreed to drive the woman to Roseville, and was driving south on Fiddyment Road near Angus Road when she asked him to stop the car. After car was stopped, the male suspect drove up in another vehicle and robbed the Elverta man of his wallet, car keys and cell phone. The couple then drove away in their own vehicle, leaving the victim stranded. Several minutes later the victim was able to flag down a passing motorist and call Roseville Police.

On February 13, Roseville Police investigators arrested Travis Aaron Fincher, 30, of Roseville and Cora Lee Allo, 22, of Carmichael, on suspicion of robbery and conspiracy. Both were released from the Roseville Police Department Jail after posting $50,000 bail bonds.

Roseville Police Investigating Robberies Of Pizza Delivery Drivers

Delivery drivers from two different local pizza parlors responded to bogus pizza delivery orders and were robbed within an hour of each other Friday night.

At 8:24 p.m. Friday, February 13, a driver from a Roseville pizza restaurant delivered a pizza in the 200 block of Irene Avenue. As the driver approached the house where the pizza was to be delivered, he was confronted by two men. One of the men struck the driver in the head with a metal cane or crutch, and demanded money. The driver yelled for help, and the two suspects fled on foot with the victim's wallet. Paramedics treated the victim at the scene.

At 9:28 p.m. a driver from another local pizza restaurant delivered a pizza to the 400 block of Greenridge Avenue in Roseville. The driver contacted the resident who supposedly had ordered pizza, and was told that no one had ordered pizza. As the driver returned to his car, he saw someone inside, apparently tampering with his car stereo. As the driver approached the car, a second suspect struck the driver in the face with a metal cane or crutch. The driver ran back toward the house, yelling for help, and the resident came outside. The two suspects fled without taking the victim's property. The victim was transported by ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

The suspects were described as black or Hispanic males in their late teens. One was between 5'9" and 6'0" tall with a thin build, and the other was 5'7" to 5'9" tall with a thin build and a thin mustache. Both wore dark colored hooded sweatshirts and dark pants.

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call the Roseville Police Investigations Unit at (916)774-5070, or Roseville Crime Stoppers at (916)783-7867. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for cash rewards.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Kidnapper And Rapist Arrested

The Sacramento Police Department arrested 36-year-old Shane Wilson for two counts of kidnapping and rape.

Within the last year, Wilson, on at least two occasions, picked up a female adult on Stockton Boulevard. The female victims were taken to an industrial area and forcibly restrained. The victims were transported against their will to a residence where they were sexually assaulted. The victims were driven back to Stockton Boulevard and released.

Sexual Assault Detectives were able to obtain information which led to the identity of Shane Wilson as the subject who committed these crimes.

On Thursday, February 12, 2009, at approximately 5:00 p.m., Sacramento Police Detectives arrested Shane Wilson at his residence on the 5400 block of Shooting Star Road in Pollock Pines.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or (800) AA-Crime. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

Auto - Pedestrian Scam Alert

The Folsom Police Department wants to make the public aware of a scam targeting motorists.

On February 10, 2009 at approx 11:30 am, an unidentified white male adult, age 20s-30s, 6’01" to 6’02", 220 lbs to 250 lbs, balding, and dressed in all black clothing was seen laying behind a parked car in the parking lot of 370 Plaza Drive. When the man was seen by a customer he got up and ran away. About two hours later, a similar male subject was seen laying down in the street in the area of Wales Drive and Riley Street as a motorist was pulling out of the parking lot. A third incident happened at 5:40 pm at the Folsom Premium Outlets. A male subject matching the description from previous incidents was seen positioning himself under the driver’s side tires of a parked car alleging the motorist had hit him. When he pounded on her window she sounded her horn and called the police. The male was seen running away into the Outlets.

"We believe this is a classic attempt to stage an automobile–pedestrian collision in order to collect money from the motorist in lieu of filing an insurance claim," said Lt. Sheldon Sterling. "There have been no reported attempts to grab any of the motorists and he has not threatened to harm anyone."

We encourage people to continue to be aware of their surroundings. Have your keys in hand and check the area around your car as you approach it. If you see anyone, or anything, suspicious around your vehicle, call 911.

Anyone with information about who this subject may be, or sees someone acting suspicious and matching the description is encouraged to call the Folsom Police Department at (916) 930-1098.

CHP Chips In To Deter Crime In Sacramento

The Sacramento Police Department is partnering with the California Highway Patrol in a collaborative effort to reduce gang activity, robbery, and burglary rates in the city of Sacramento.

Beginning Thursday, February 12, 2009, sixteen CHP Officers and two CHP Sergeants will be assigned to assist Sacramento Police Department Problem Oriented Police Officers and detectives in an effort to deter criminal activity in south Sacramento.

The partnership is expected to be a long-term effort where CHP Officers will work hand-in-hand with Sacramento Police officers throughout the city. Areas of deployment will vary depending on current crime trends or crime series that have been identified.

This is one example of the many cooperative efforts the Sacramento Police Department has had with the California Highway Patrol. "During these tough economic times, the Police Department appreciates the regional partnerships which help to make our city safer," said Sacramento Police Deputy Chief Louie.

Help To Identify Suspect Of Home Invasion

Police are asking for the communities help in identifying a home invasion suspect based on a composite sketch.

On Thursday, February 5, 2009, two men forced their way into a Land Park home in the 4400 block of Mead Avenue. The two elderly residents were home during the intrusion. Suspect #2 struck one of the victims, a 88-year-old male, in the head with an object causing moderate injuries. Both of the victims were kept in a room for several hours, while the suspects ransacked the home. The suspects got away with a small amount of cash, a handgun, and other miscellaneous items.

The two suspects are described as follows: #1- male, White, 30’s, 5’8", medium build, short blonde hair that was very neat, all black clothing, black gloves, black shoes with wrap around stitching on the top area #2- male, possibly Hispanic, adult, 6’0, 200 lbs, dark hair, two tone jacket, and gloves.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or (800) AA-Crime. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

Pharmacy Robbed At Gunpoint – Hundreds Of OxyContin Pills Taken

The Sacramento Police Department is releasing surveillance video of an armed robbery. Investigators hope that someone will recognize the suspects and come forward with information leading to their identity.

On Monday, January 26, 2009, two men entered Knott’s Pharmacy (4819 J Street) and robbed the clerk at gunpoint. The suspects ordered the clerk to give them all of the OxyContin pills available. The suspects got away with hundreds of OxyContin pills.

Suspect #1 was described as a male White adult in his early 20’s. He was 5’9" to 5’11" in height and weighed between 180 and 200 pounds. He was wearing baggy pants, a black hooded jacket, black gloves, large dark sunglasses, and a brown handkerchief covering his mouth. He was armed with a black handgun.

Suspect #2 was described as a male White adult in his early 20’s. He was 5’9" to 5’11" in height and weighed between 180 and 200 pounds. He was wearing black baggy pants, a black hooded jacket, and dark sunglasses (which re removed at one point, revealing he had blue eyes).

The suspects may have been driving a late 80’s to early 90’s, black, 2 door Honda Civic. The car was described as looking like a race car. The car was lowered and had front-end damage.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information regarding this robbery to contact Crime Alert, at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

CHP Tour Bus Inspections At Thunder Valley Casino

On Wednesday February 3rd, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Valley Division Commercial Enforcement Unit (CEU) conducted Tour Bus inspections at the Thunder Valley Casino (south parking lot area) in Lincoln, California. A total of thirteen tour buses were inspected. A total of 74 violations were documented and ten of the thirteen busses were placed out of service due to mechanical violations. The following is a list of documented violations:

Driver log book - 7
Registration - 6
Steering - 3
Steering (out of service) - 3
Brakes - 11
Brakes (out of service) - 6
Lighting - 6
Lighting (out of service) - 2
Wheels - 2
Tires - 4
Other Violations - 22
Operating Authority - 2

Thunder Valley Executive Director of Security, Duane Ryzner authorized the Tour Bus inspections and expressed his appreciation regarding the safety concerns for the approximate 400 passengers being transported on the thirteen busses. "We are grateful Thunder Valley brought these busses to our attention, and for the opportunity to note needed repairs before the busses proceeded any further down the road," commented Chief Stan Perez, who oversees the CHP's Valley Division. "This inspection represents a renewed emphasis and public-private partnership, aimed at ensuring all commercial vehicles operating in the Sacramento region are carried out in the safest possible manner."

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Door To Door Solicitors

Recently, several residents of the city of Auburn have called Auburn Police Department to complain of solicitors attempting to sell them magazine subscriptions or vacuum cleaners at their residences. Some of the complainants have indicated the solicitors were pushy and rude.

On 2-10-09 at approximately 1830 hours, because of complaints by residents in the area, Auburn Police Department officers made contact with a group of suspected solicitors in the area of Auburn Folsom Rd and Herdal Dr to confirm they were properly licensed to solicit within the City of Auburn. An identity check of the subjects confirmed one of the subjects had 80 outstanding warrants out of North Carolina and one out of El Dorado County California. Information collected from North Carolina revealed the 80 outstanding warrants were related to the fraudulent selling of magazine subscriptions. The Subject was subsequently arrested and booked into Placer County Jail for the outstanding warrants.

The Auburn Police Department would like to advise our citizens of ways to protect themselves from the possibility of falling victim to these types of crimes with the following information.

Businesses wishing to do business in the City of Auburn via the solicitation process MUST obtain a business license from the city and register as a solicitor. Each individual solicitor is required to provide VALID identification, submit their “Pitch” in writing, and identify the item they are selling. Additionally “Solicitors permits” are issued for specific days and times and are only good during those issued times. Once a permit has been issued, EACH solicitor is issued a copy of their own individual business license, which they are required to keep in their possession while soliciting and present to residents being solicited and law enforcement officers.

The Auburn Police Department is recommending our citizens ask for the proper City of Auburn documentation from a solicitor if they are contacted by them at their residence. If the person fails to provide or does not have the required City of Auburn documentation, the Auburn Police Department asks that you call the department to report the solicitor.

DUI Checkpoint

The Rancho Cordova Police Department will be holding a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Sobriety Checkpoint on Friday, February 13, 2009, in the City of Rancho Cordova. The checkpoint will be operational that day from 8:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. the following morning.

Officers will be checking drivers for signs of impairment and providing educational materials outlining the dangers of driving while impaired. This checkpoint operation will be conducted utilizing funds from a traffic safety grant provided to the Rancho Cordova Police Department by the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS).

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Roseville Police Investigating Fatal Traffic Collision

The Roseville Police Department is investigating a collision that took the life of a 27-year-old Citrus Heights man.

At 3:30 p.m. Sunday, February 8, Roseville Police and Roseville Fire Department personnel responded to a report of a 1994 Nissan 4-door sedan, occupied by two people, colliding with a tree on Hickory Street at Church Street. The driver, a 19-year-old Yuba City woman, was transported by ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where she is listed in serious condition. The passenger, Joseph Carrel Cowles, 27, of Citrus Heights, was transported to SRMC, where he died Tuesday morning, February 10, as a result of his injuries.

The Roseville Police Department's Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating the collision, and suspect that drug impairment was a factor.

Power To Rent Found To Be A Fraud

On Tuesday, February 10, 2009, Sacramento Police Detectives announced that we had obtained arrest warrants for 52-year-old Phillis Powers, 54 year-year-old Sandra Barney, 57-year-old Carver Barney, and 49- year-old Dennis Eugene for criminal trespass.

On February 10, 2009, Detectives attempted to arrest the suspects at 3700 Clubside Lane. No one was at home at the time. The realtor for Aurora Loan Services was given back control of the property.

On February 2, 2009, the police department received a call of two subjects living in a vacant foreclosed home at 3700 Clubside Lane in the City of Sacramento. It was determined that two residents, Sandra Barney and Carver Barney, were in fact living in the home and had rented it from Phillis Powers. Detectives also found that a Dennis Eugene, who was in the house when officers responded, had been hired by a group called Midian to clean up the home but that Eugene was related to the Barney’s.

Detectives determined the real property owner was Aurora Loan Services out of Colorado. Aurora Loan Services bought the property on January 29, 2009. They confirmed with detectives that no one had permission to be in the home and that they had not given anyone permission to rent the property.

It is believed that Phillis Powers, Carver Barney, and Sandra Barney, and Dennis Eugene conspired to unlawfully enter 3700 Clubside Lane and thus committing the criminal trespass. Any other intended criminal acts, beyond the criminal trespass, were not completed or could not be proven at this time. "This crime may have gone un-noticed if it weren’t for the community paying attention to what is going on in their neighborhood. This was not a case where innocent victims got scammed into moving into a vacant property but a scam to steal from the property owners" said Sergeant Norm Leong.

There are many varieties of reality scams but one type preys on occupying vacant homes with the intent of getting the real owners to pay a lump some of money in order to get the homes vacated without a lengthy eviction process. "The Sacramento Police Department will investigate and arrest those individuals who think they can go into a home illegally in order to defraud property owners" said Detective Mike Wood.



Man Who Preyed On Children Taken Into Custody

On Tuesday, February 9, 2009, the Sacramento Police Department’s Sexual Assault detectives arrested 47 year-old Daniel Caldwell on eight counts of Lewd and Lascivious acts with minors. Caldwell was arrested at 1560 Grand Avenue, Big D’s BBQ.

Based on the investigation, detectives believe that Daniel Caldwell sexually assaulted and/or inappropriately touched at least eight different female juveniles over an eight year period from 2000 through 2008. Caldwell committed these acts when the children were in his care or custody either out camping, sleeping over his house, or while employed at his business. Caldwell’s victims ranged between the ages of seven through seventeen.

The investigation in ongoing, Detectives would like to speak to anyone else who may have been victimized by Caldwell.

The Sacramento Police Department urges any additional victims or anyone with information pertaining to this crime to call our Hotline number (916) 808-0584.

Roseville Police Asks Public's Help Identifying Fraud Suspect

The Roseville Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying a fraud suspect. On January 27, the woman in the attached photo tried to rent a car in Roseville, using a falsified Michigan driver's license and a stolen credit card. The suspect asked the rental agency clerk to call a toll-free number to verify the credit card, rather than swiping it. The clerk became suspicious and decided to call the issuing bank's published number instead. At that point, the suspect fled and the clerk notified Roseville Police.

A Roseville Police detective determined that the suspect used her own photograph on the Michigan driver's license, but fraudulently used the name of a Bay Area woman.

Anyone who recognizes the woman in the attached photograph is asked to call the Roseville Police Investigations Unit at (916)774-5070, or Roseville Crime Stoppers at (916)783-7867.

Roseville Police Trying To Identify And Locate Fraud Suspects

The Roseville Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying two women suspected of using stolen debit or credit cards at local businesses.

Both suspects were described as heavyset Hispanic females. One, who appeared to be in her 40s, was about 5'5" tall, had dyed reddish hair pulled back on a ponytail, and wore large square sunglasses. The other, who appeared to be in her teens or 20s, had dark hair and wore prescription glasses. The two may be related.

Sometime between 9 a.m. and noon on January 23, two wallets were stolen in two separate incidents in Roseville. One wallet was stolen from an unlocked employee break room in a retail store; the other was stolen from a grocery store checkout counter after the victim inadvertently left it behind. Soon after the thefts, the suspects attempted to use the victims' credit or debit cards to purchase merchandise at nearby businesses.

Anyone who recognizes the women in the attached surveillance photos is asked to call the Roseville Police Investigations Unit at (916)774-5070, or Roseville Crime Stoppers at (916)783-7867. Tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward.


Monday, February 9, 2009

Cold Case Unit Solves Homicide

On Tuesday February 3, 2009 the Sacramento Police Departments Cold Case Homicide unit obtained an arrest warrant on 45 year old Kevin Dunigan for the 1995 murder of Gary Veirs.

On August 29, 1995, at 6:14 p.m., the Sacramento Police Department responded to a stabbing that had just occurred in the 7300 block of Stockdale Street. Gary Veirs was found suffering from stab wounds. Veirs was later pronounced deceased at the UC Davis Medical Center. The suspect was described as a male, black, early 30’s, 5’10"-5’11".

In September 2006, Cold Case Detective Pat Keller reviewed the homicide case and requested a check for foreign DNA to be examined that was located on the victim. In December of 2008, a match of the foreign DNA resulted in the identification of Kevin Dunigan. Dunigan is believed to have killed Veirs after an argument escalated resulting in Veirs being stabbed.

Kevin Dunigan was on parole in 1995 at the time of the homicide. Dunigan is currently in State Prison for unrelated charges.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Detectives Make Two Arrests In Connection To Shooting On Cortright Way

On February 6, 2009, at 3:01 p.m., Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the report of a shooting at a house located at the corner of Ramsey Drive and Cortright Way. When deputies arrived they found two victims outside the home suffering from what appeared to be shotgun wounds. The first victim, a 17-year-old Hispanic male, was wounded in the neck and face. The second victim, an 18-year-old Hispanic male, was shot in the hand and leg. Both victims were transported to a local hospital where they continue to receive treatment for their wounds.

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Witnesses told investigators after they heard the gunshots they looked outside to see a red Mitsubishi Eclipse leaving the area. Later that night at 10:50 p.m., as a result of their investigation and with the cooperation of witnesses and the assistance of the Twin Rivers School District Police Department, Sheriff’s detectives were able to identify, locate and arrest two juvenile suspects in connection to the shooting. The suspects were located at a home in the 8100 block of Clarion Drive in North Highlands and were arrested without incident.

The suspects, a 16-year-old male validated gang member and his 17-year-old male associate were booked into juvenile hall and both were charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and participation in a criminal street gang. The investigation into whether more suspects were involved in the shooting is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this shooting is urged to call Sheriff’sdetectives at (916) 874-5115, or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00.

Officer Struck By A Drunk Driver

On February 6, 2009 at approximately 10:45 pm, a Folsom Police Officer was struck by a suspected drunk driver. Two Folsom Police vehicles were on a traffic stop in the 600 block of Riley Street. The officers’ vehicles were along the shoulder of the roadway with their overhead and directional lights activated. The officer was standing outside of the lead police vehicle when he saw a vehicle nearing. In an effort to escape being struck by the approaching vehicle, he ran between the two police cars towards the shoulder of the roadway. The officer was pinned between both police vehicles when the suspected drunk driver’s vehicle crashed into the rear of one police vehicle, pushing it into the second. He suffered some injury to his leg and hip. Fortunately, he did not have to be transported to the hospital, but will seek medical attention. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Officers investigating the collision arrested 55 year old, Folsom resident, Jennifer Brown, for felony DUI (driving under the influence). Preliminary tests show Brown’s blood alcohol content to be over twice the legal limit.

Indecent Exposure Incidents

The Citrus Heights Police Department has identified and arrested IVAN LARSHIN (30 yrs) in a series of Indecent Exposure Incidents. He has been charged with numerous incidents that occurred in the City of Citrus Heights and County of Sacramento.

The subject typically sought out female pedestrians, would drive his vehicle, a green Ford Windstar, and expose himself to the victim.

If you have any information in regards to the subject please contact the Citrus Heights Police Department Investigations Unit (916) 727-5500.

Attempted Homicide In El Dorado

On February 6, 2009 at 1:30 PM, The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a subject shot at a residence on Strickland Mine Road in El Dorado. Preliminary investigation suggests that the suspect drove up to the victim’s residence in a maroon vehicle. The victim exited the residence at which point he was shot multiple times. The suspect fled the area in the vehicle.

The victim was taken by helicopter to a trauma center for treatment. The victim was identified as Jonathan Lemaire (20 yrs.) of El Dorado and is in stable condition.

The suspect was located and arrested in the Somerset area approximately 40 minutes after the shooting. The investigation is on going at this time but this incident appears to stem from a prior domestic violence incident.

The suspect is identified as Kenneth Baxter, 43 years of age from the Somerset area. Kenneth Baxter was arrested and booked into the county jail for attempted Homicide and is being held without bail.

Shooting On Cortright Way

On February 6, 2009, at 3:01 p.m., Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the report of a shooting at a house located at the corner of Ramsey Drive and Cortright Way. When deputies arrived they found two victims outside the home suffering from what appeared to be shotgun wounds. The first victim, a 17-year-old Hispanic male, was wounded in the neck and face. The second victim, an 18-year-old Hispanic male, was shot in the hand and leg. Both victims were transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Witnesses have told investigators they heard the gunshots and looked outside to see a red Mitsubishi Eclipse with up to five occupants leaving the area. They were unable to identify or describe the occupants of the vehicle.

The two victims are validated gang members and investigators believe the shooting is gang-related. Detectives from the Sheriff’s Homicide and Gang units are investigating this case. They are being assisted by officers from the Twin Rivers Unified School District Police Department and are attempting to identify the suspects responsible for the shooting.

Anyone with information regarding the identities of the suspects is urged to call detectives at (916) 874-5115, or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00.

Amgen Tour Of California To Impact Downtown Traffic

The City of Sacramento is advising the public of temporary, significant traffic impacts February 13 and 14, associated with the Amgen Tour of California bicycle event. This will be the first year the City will host the Overall Start for the Amgen Tour of California, which will take place at the State Capitol.

Beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 13,10th Street from N to K streets will be closed as will L Street from 9th to 13th streets.

On Saturday, February 14, beginning at 8 a.m., no parking will be allowed on the following streets, which will also be closed to traffic: 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th streets between L and N streets.

Emergency vehicles will be allowed but local access will be limited.

The entire course will be subject to rolling closures for pre-race events beginning at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. See course map at http://www.cityofsacramento.org/amgen/downtown.html

The entire course encompasses:
Capitol Mall between 4th and 9th streets
9th between Capitol and N streets
N between 9th and 19th streets
19th street between N and L streets
L between 11th and 19th streets

At 1 p.m., the entire course will be closed to traffic until approximately 4 p.m. At 4 p.m., all blocks will begin to reopen with the exception of Capitol between 8th and 9th streets, L Street between 9th and 13th streets, and 10th Street between N and K streets.

Consequently, on-street parking will be impacted. Approximately 400 on-street parking spaces will be posted “no parking” for the event. Cars remaining after the posted times will be towed. The City is posting signage three days prior to the event to provide advance notification.

The City’s Capitol Garage at 10th and L streets will be open on the day of the event until 1 p.m.
10th Street between J and L will be temporarily converted into a controlled two-way street so the 10th Street entrance to Capitol Garage can be accessed by parkers for entering and exiting until 1 p.m. At 1 p.m. the garage will be closed to new parkers, however, exiting will be allowed. No spectators will be allowed in the Capitol Garage.

Due to its location within the course, the City’s East End Garage will not be available to the public until after 4:00 p.m.

The City’s Police and Transportation departments are encouraging motorists to plan ahead and avoid the course area the day of the race.

Due to the large number of spectators anticipated, the Department of Transportation also will have staff monitoring the occupancy of all City garages. When nearing capacity, drivers will be directed to alternative parking garages. Parking Services highly recommends using the City Hall Garage at 10th and I streets, Old Sacramento Garage at 3rd and I streets, the Downtown Plaza West Garage at L and 3rd street, the Downtown Plaza East Garage with entrances on J and L streets and the Tower Bridge garage off Capitol. For a map of all City garages, please go to www.sacpark.org

For event details, please visit www.sacsports.com

Detectives Hoping To Identify Shooting And Carjacking Suspects

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help to identify two suspects who shot an elderly man and stole his car. The crimes occurred on the American River Bike Trail near Sacramento Bar (just west of Sunrise Boulevard) on Saturday, January 31, 2009, shortly after 8:00 a.m.

The victim was walking his dogs along the bike trail when he was confronted by two suspects. The first suspect pointed a gun at the victim and demanded his wallet and car keys. The suspect then shot the victim once in the leg. The second suspect took the victim’s car keys. One of the suspects fled in the victim’s car which was later recovered. The second suspect fled in an early 2000’s Forest Green Dodge regular cab pickup truck with oversized tires.

The suspect who shot the victim is described as a Hispanic male 20-to 29-years-old. He’s 5’8” tall, weighs 200 pounds with a stocky build and was wearing dark clothing.

The second suspect is described as a white male20- to 29-years old. He’s 5’10” tall, weighs 145 pounds with a thin build and was wearing a white shirt and black pants.

Anyone with information regarding this crime, or the identity of either suspect is urged to call the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115, or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00.

Homicide Detectives Solve Case Of Missing Man

On Friday, February 6, 2009, at approximately 9:50 a.m., homicide detectives arrested 23-year-old Rueben Larez for the murder of Gerardo Valdez.


On November 20, 2008, family members reported Gerardo Valdez missing. Valdez was last seen in October of 2008. On January 20, 2009, detectives responded to Costa Brase Court in Sacramento to serve a search warrant connected to the missing person investigation of Valdez. On February 6, 2009, homicide investigators obtained information that led to the discovery of a body in Butte County that is believed to be Gerardo Valdez but has not been positively identified.

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On February 6, 2009, the Career Criminal Apprehension Team (CCAT) arrested Rueben Larez without incident as he was leaving a north Sacramento house. It is believed that Larez murdered Valdez in October of 2008 as a result of his dislike for him. At the time of the murder, Valdez was dating Larez’ mother.


Spa Owner Arrested For Identity Theft, Two Other Felonies

The owner of a Granite Bay spa and salon was arrested this afternoon on three felony charges following the service of a search warrant at her business.

Heather Lynn Collins, 33, was taken into custody by Placer County Sheriff’s detectives at her business, the Radiance Spa and Salon at 1895 East Roseville Parkway on charges of identity theft, fraudulent use of an access card and grand theft.

Forty former spa customers filed complaints that their bank cards were double- and triple-billed after visiting the spa. Collins also fraudulently charged customers for services and products using two non-existent companies, Balance Body Works and Enchanted Skin Services.

The loss to customers is unknown and the investigation is still ongoing. Anyone who was a customer at Radiance Spa and Salon and who feels they may have been charged improperly are asked to contact Det. Jim Hudson at (530) 889-7800.

Roseville Residents Warned About Vehicle Burglaries

A number of vehicle burglaries have been reported to the Roseville Police Department over the past few weeks. Most of the break-ins have occurred at night in residential areas, although thieves are also hitting hotel, fitness center and golf course parking lots during both daytime and nighttime hours. The thieves will steal from unlocked vehicles when they can find them, but are frequently breaking vehicle windows and taking valuables, especially small electronic items like portable navigation systems.

Last night at least six vehicles parked in residential neighborhoods in the Cirby Side and Cresthaven neighborhoods south of Cirby Way had their windows smashed and property taken. The thieves appeared to be targeting portable GPS navigation systems, even some that had been stashed out of sight in the vehicles.

Residents are urged to park vehicles inside locked garages at night if possible. All valuables, including portable navigation units and garage door openers, should be removed from vehicles that are parked outside. Call police immediately to report any suspicious noises or suspicious persons in the area.

Probation Search Yields Meth And Arrest

On February 5, 2009, while conducting a probation search in the 3000 block of Westwood Drive, Rocklin Police Officers discovered almost 2 ounces of methamphetamine and arrested the probationer.

Officers went to the residence to check the man and his living area which they are entitled to do as part of the subject’s probation conditions. The search paid off when officers found 2 ounces of methamphetamine hidden in a bathroom. Also found in the house was cash and other items indicative of drugs sales.

The drugs have an estimated street value of $5000.

Arrested was David Douglas Benson, 48 years, of Rocklin, for possession of methamphetamine, possession for sales of methamphetamine, and a probation violation. He was booked into Placer County Jail. His bail has been set at $35,000.

“Methamphetamine is a big problem and we are cognizant of it. The search and arrest today is part of our efforts to combat local drug sales and usage,” said Sergeant Forrest Richardson.

Arlan Winn

On February 5th , 2009 at approx. 6:30 am, the Galt Police Department received a 911 call from a residence located in the 1100 block of Stormwood Ave. regarding an adult male who entered the residence with a shotgun. A domestic dispute ensued and the suspect made threats with the firearm. After further information was obtained, it was determined this was the suspect’s residence which was also occupied by his spouse, two other adults and two juveniles.

Galt Officers arrived at the residence and established communications with the suspect. Due to the officers’ actions, the incident did not escalate and injury to any of the occupants was avoided. The suspect subsequently exited the residence, relinquished the shotgun, and he was taken into custody without incident.

The suspect was identified as 53 year old Arlan Winn and he was booked at the Sacramento County Jail per the following charges: Assault with a deadly weapon, Criminal threats, False imprisonment, and Child endangerment.

Armed Robbers Steal Gold

On Tuesday, February 3, 2009, at 3:43 p.m, three armed suspects entered Phuc Thanh Jewelry Store. The armed robbers broke glass display cases and stole gold bracelets and necklaces with an approximate value of over $200,000.

The suspect’s faces were not seen so the race of the suspects were described as either male Blacks or male Asians, between 5’8-6’0, hooded swear shirts, jeans, and possibly driving a mid 90’s champagne colored or gray Acura Integra 2-door, lowered with modified exhaust.

The Sacramento Police Department is hoping the release of the surveillance video will help to identify a female victim/witness that entered the store prior to the suspects entering. The female left the scene prior to the officer’s arrival. Detectives are also asking the community to be on the look out for anyone selling or in possession of any large amount gold jewelry.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or (800) AA-Crime. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

Two Local High School Teachers Arrested

On February 4, 2009, detectives assigned to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s Sexual Assault unit arrested two teachers from Futures High School in North Highlands for multiple felony and misdemeanor charges. An initial report was generated by the Twin Rivers Unified School District Police Department and investigated by the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department.

Teacher Eric Charles Gladden (34) was arrested for 34 counts of distribution of lewd material to a minor, contributing to the delinquency of minors, child annoyance and falsifying documents to be used in evidence involving female students, ages 16 and 17, between March 2008 and January 2009. An investigation revealed evidence of inappropriate conduct with students; both in person and through cellular phones. In addition, Gladden supplied students with alcohol at his residence on more than one occasion.

Teacher Monica Maldonado Alarcon (29) was arrested on one felony count of falsifying documents to be used in evidence. The investigation revealed she assisted Eric Gladden in forging and planting evidence in an attempt to clear him of the accusations.

Both Gladden and Alarcon are being held at the Sacramento County Main Jail.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this case is urged to call detectives at (916) 874-5070, or Crime Alert at (916) 444-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00.