Wednesday Sep 21 2011
Police successful in nabbing burglary suspects
By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
Sacramento couple caught shoplifting, linked to home burglaries
Two unrelated crews of residential burglars were caught by the Roseville Police Department this week. In one case, two suspected burglars were arrested early Tuesday morning after being caught shoplifting at Thunder Valley Casino, according to Thunder Valley spokesman Doug Elmets. “They were caught by surveillance cameras attempting to steal a watch from a gift shop,” Elmets said. “They were detained by our security forces and the Placer County Sherriff showed up.” Breanne Lee Rasmussen, 25, and Stephan Makarov, 26, both of Sacramento, were then linked to a residential burglary that took place in the 1500 block of Black Bear Street in Roseville the previous day. A witness to that burglary remembered a black BMW sedan parked in front of the house, with a man and woman loading property into the car, according to Dee Dee Gunther of the Roseville Police Department. Rasmussen and Makarov allegedly drove a car matching that description to Thunder Valley Casino and items that were reported stolen from the house on Black Bear Street were found in the car along with other stolen property, Gunther said. Placer County Sherriff’s deputies then notified Roseville police, Gunther said. The two were arrested on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property, conspiracy and possession of heroin. As of Thursday, both remain in custody in the Placer County Jail. Rasmussen and Makarov are now being investigated in connection with several other residential burglaries committed over the past year in Roseville and the surrounding area, Gunther said. In a separate case, two men suspected of committing recent residential burglaries in west Roseville were arrested Tuesday evening and a large amount of stolen property was recovered. Roseville police received several calls of suspicious people in the Crocker Ranch neighborhood Tuesday afternoon, reporting that two males were knocking on doors, stating they were searching for a lost dog. Later a residential burglary was reported in the same area on Woodhaven Circle, Gunther said. With the help of information provided by residents, police arrested the two suspects, whose names are being withheld due to an ongoing investigation, Gunther said. Police believe the suspects are connected to recent burglaries on Woodhaven Circle, Road Runner Drive, Waterford Glen Circle and possibly others. Gunther said alert residents have been instrumental in helping the Roseville Police Department make progress on solving a number of residential and vehicle burglaries in the area of late. “By the numbers, residential burglaries are down 12 percent compared to the same period last year,” she said. Toby Lewis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @TobyLewis_RsvPT.