Alleged Black Friday commercial burglars nabbed by Roseville police
A line of Black Friday shoppers waiting in the chilly darkness near Douglas Boulevard were able to pass the time before Office Depot opened by watching Roseville police officers arrest two alleged thieves driving a U-Haul box van.
The incident began several miles away at 2:26 a.m., when a number of witnesses at the Walmart on Lead Hill Boulevard noticed two women loading electronics merchandise into the back of the U-Haul. Unsure if the items had been paid for, at least one witness called the Roseville Police Department. Patrol officers soon spotted the U-Hall driving down Douglas Boulevard and stopped it next to the Carl’s Jr.
According to police, the two occupants — Dewana Maxie, 20, of Suisun and Shakeia Rogers, 24 of Sacramento — were both on probation, allowing for their vehicle to be searched.
Shoppers in line for Office Depot looked on as the two women were eventually arrested and police officers drove the U-Haul out of the shopping center. At that point, Roseville Police Sgt. Brian Lewis told the Press Tribune the suspects were being taken back to the station to be interviewed by investigators.
Authorities confirmed Monday morning that Maxie and Rogers were booked on felony charges.
“During the search, officers found numerous gift cards loaded with stolen credit card information and approximately $6,000 in fraudulently purchased merchandise,” said Roseville Police Spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther. “Dewana Racettajean Maxie was arrested on suspicion of burglary, for entering a store with intent to commit theft or another felony, conspiracy, possession of stolen property and grand theft … Shakeia Rodgers was also arrested on suspicion of burglary, conspiracy, grand theft and driving on a suspended license.”
Maxie was later released from the Placer County Jail after posting bond on $75,000 bail. Rogers also posted a bond on $75,000 bail.
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