Roseville neighbor stops burglar, police catch bike-riding thief
Police Crime Log
Information complied from local police reports. All suspects are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
A Roseville woman received a phone call from a man who claimed he was calling from Microsoft Tech Support. The unknown suspect talked the woman into purchasing an anti-spyware package for her computer for $200. When the woman told her daughter about the purchase, it was determined she had been the victim of a scam. The same victim had been tricked back in September by a man claiming to be from Microsoft Tech Support. In that instance, the victim was conned into buying $400 of fake anti-virus protection — though the September deception was not discovered by the victim until the Dec. 1 crime was investigated.
Around 3 p.m., a Roseville resident observed a burglar exiting his neighbor’s house on Andress Court. The suspect had snuck into the house through a garage side door and then an unlocked connecting door, stealing watches and a coin collection. According to Roseville police, the neighbor followed the burglar, eventually confronting him and taking back the stolen items. The thief fled the scene as the neighbor called police officers. The suspect is described as a white male with blond hair between the ages of 18 and 20. He is believed to be 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighing 155 pounds. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and riding a single-speed bicycle.
Around 10:50 p.m., a resident shopping at a store in the 1400 block of Lead Hill Boulevard was unloading her cart when she was accosted by a purse snatcher. Roseville police said the suspect moved in on the victim, ripped the purse from her cart and ran away. The suspect is described as a male teenager, 5 feet tall, weighing 110 pounds. He was wearing a light gray beanie and dark clothing.
At 3:22 a.m., a Roseville resident who lives on West Colonial Parkway spotted someone at his back door with a flashlight. Roseville police said the resident yelled, turned the house lights on and immediately called authorities. Police arrived at the scene and found bicycle tracks leading from the victim’s backyard to a gate. Checking the neighborhood, the officers contacted a suspicious man riding a bike at the corner of Old Auburn Road and Boston Commons Place. Police said the man was carrying a flashlight and burglar's tools. Francisco Bugarin, 32, of Citrus Heights was arrested for possessing burglar's tools and violation of probation.
Between 1:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m., someone broke the window of a car parked in the 1800 block of Taylor Road, and took a purse containing a wallet, gift cards, ID, a cell phone and other valuables. Police said the suspect may have been driving a dark blue newer model sedan, which witnesses noticed “cruising” around victim's car around 2 p.m. Anyone with information is asked to call the Roseville Police Department.