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Crime Log: Alleged armed car thief captured after vehicle pursuit

By: The Press Tribune crime desk
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Information compiled from local police reports. All suspects are assumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

April 13

Sometime before 10:30 p.m., a suspect went into an apartment at 720 Sunrise Ave., possibly through an unlocked rear slider, and stole a TV, Xbox controller, video games and headphones.

April 15

Sometime between 9 a.m. and 8:45 p.m., someone threw a rock through a rear-facing window of a house in the 800 block of Castaic Drive. The suspect then entered the residence, stealing a laptop computer.

April 17

At 2:30 a.m., a resident of Pineschi Place glanced outside her front window and saw a man crawling under her neighbor's Toyota Tahoe. The woman kept an eye on the suspect as she called 911. She then stayed on the phone, updating the dispatcher. Roseville police officers responded and surrounded the area. According to Roseville Police Spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther, the suspect was caught by officers in the middle of sawing off the Toyota’s catalytic converter. Keane Lee, 24, of Sacramento, was arrested on charges of grand theft, vandalism and possession of burglar’s tools. Gunther added that the suspect had a list of Roseville addresses with him, and officers believe he had driven around earlier to scope out other vehicles to target.

During the night, a car thief stole a four-door Hyundai sedan from the 1100 block of Conroy Lane. Roseville police said the suspect likely used a set of spare keys that was left inside the vehicle. According to officers, the Hyundai was found “damaged and abandoned” the next morning in the 800 block of Elisa Street. Police added that the suspect had crashed the vehicle into an area of city landscaping. A set of golf clubs was stolen during the crime. Police said there are no suspects at this time, though they believe the incident is connected to vehicle burglaries that recently on Sunrise Avenue and Coloma Way.

April 18

Between 1 and 7:50 a.m., an unknown individual went into three unlocked vehicles parked on Coloma Way and Audrey Way. The suspect stole checks, bank statements and stereo equipment.

April 19

At 3:18 a.m., a Roseville police officer traveling eastbound on Intestate 80 noticed another car weaving near the Highway 65 connection. The officer checked the vehicle’s license plate and discovered it had been reported stolen from Sacramento. Attempting to pull the car over, the officer was soon involved in a vehicle pursuit. Roseville police said the chase happened at a high rate of speed, and ultimately headed into the city of Lincoln. The driver of the fleeing car, 32-year-old Joseph Simmons of Citrus Heights, finally stopped on Wilson Avenue. According to Roseville police, Simmons then allegedly ran away on foot, along with his passenger, 20-year-old Tisiah Prout, of Lincoln. Placer County Sheriff’s deputies and Lincoln police officers joined in the search for Simmons and Prout. Both suspects were soon taken into custody by the growing law enforcement net. Roseville police officers allegedly recovered a loaded handgun in the area where Simmons was taken into custody. Simmons was booked into jail on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and vehicle theft. His bail was set at $260,000 and he remains in custody. Prout was also arrested on related charges.