Crime log: Stranger loiters in backyard, ‘doorbell ditchers’ playing pranks

Feb. 28 – March 5
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Information gathered from local police reports. All accused are presumed innocent unless found guilty in a court of law.

Feb. 28

At about 11:30 p.m., a resident of Tanzania Drive reported someone taped a spoon to her front window, with a fishing line attached to it. The fishing line ran across the street to Kenwood Park. It appears someone may have been attaching a remote “knocker” so they could knock on the window and watch for a reaction from the homeowner from a distance. Officers checked the area but were unable to locate any suspects.

Feb. 29

Between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., someone tried unsuccessfully to loosen a catalytic converter from a 2009 Subaru Forrester SUV in the 1800 block of Taylor Road. Between 1:45 p.m. and 4 p.m. the same day, someone stole a white 2004 Ford F-350 pickup. The pickup is still missing.

Sometime overnight, someone used rocks to shatter the front door of a beauty salon in the 1900 block of Douglas Boulevard, taking a cash drawer with a small amount of cash.  During the same time frame, someone threw a rock and shattered the door of a restaurant in the 100 block of North Sunrise Avenue. No entry was made and nothing was taken.

Sometime overnight, someone taped a spoon with a fishing line attached to the door of a business in the 100 block of Cirby Way. This appeared to be a remote “doorbell ditch” prank similar to the one on Tanzania Drive the previous day.

March 1

A red 1992 Honda Prelude that had been stolen from Sacramento the previous day was dumped in a driveway on Old Auburn Road with two tires missing. Officers notified the vehicle owner and had the car towed.

At about 7 p.m., a clerk at a business on Harding Boulevard fell victim to a “quick change artist.” The suspect gave the clerk five $20 bills and requested a $100 bill in exchange. The clerk handed him a $100 bill, and he showed her a $10 bill, claiming that was all she gave him. Eventually he talked her into taking the $10 and giving him another $100 bill. This is an old trick, where a fast talking suspect will take and give back change, eventually tricking a clerk into giving more change than is actually due.

Sometime overnight, someone stripped copper wire from a home under construction in the 2000 block of Leighham Drive.

March 2

At 8:31 p.m. on March 2, officers responded to a citizen’s report of a suspicious man loitering in a parking lot and pestering people in the 1900 block of Taylor Road. Officers located and arrested Kerry Alan Huhtala, 56, of Roseville, on suspicion of prowling and violation of parole.

At 6:30 a.m. on March 2, a resident saw a man peeking into windows at an apartment complex in the 1000 block of Woodcreek Oaks Boulevard. The man fled in a pickup. A witness got a description and license plate number of the suspect’s pickup, and with that information, officers were able to locate and arrest Juan Alonso Castillo-Lopez, 27, of Roseville on suspicion of prowling and related charges.

At about 1 p.m., someone stole a metal cage covering an air-conditioning unit at a home on Pipestone Loop. The suspect entered the property while construction workers were working onsite, claiming to be a real estate agent for the property, and took the cage.

March 3

Residents reported a woman walking a neighborhood near Secret Ravine Parkway, knocking on doors, claiming affiliation with UC Berkeley and asking for money to support a battered women’s shelter. Some residents gave her generous contributions. She was described as a white female with medium-length dark hair, 5 feet 8 inches tall and heavyset, wearing dark clothing.

March 4

Sometime in the early morning hours, a home in the 1300 block of Meadowvista Way was burglarized while the residents were away. Silverware and silver serving pieces were taken. The burglar made entry by kicking the front door. 

At 10:30 a.m., officers responded to physical assault in the 100 block of Ash Street. The suspect fled from officers, jumping over fences. Officers surrounded the area and eventually arrested Zoraya Delgado, 40, of Roseville, on suspicion of resisting arrest and parole violation. 

March 5

At about 12:10 a.m., a resident of the 1800 block of Hillmont Way heard a noise, went outside and found that a fender flare had been taken from his Jeep.

Sometime overnight, a black 1994 Honda Accord was stolen from an apartment complex at 1601 Vineyard Road.

Between March 4 and 5, a gray 2010 BMW 2-door was stolen from a parking lot at the corner of Foothills and Junction boulevards. The Sacramento Police Department found it abandoned in their city on March 5, partially stripped.