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Two arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft

By: Staff Report
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Two local men were arrested last Friday after allegedly stealing a pickup from a used car dealership, and after one of them allegedly struck a dealership employee with the stolen pickup. At about 9 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 2, an employee of a used car dealership in the 100 block of Riverside Avenue parked a 1997 GMC pickup in an alley behind the business, leaving the engine running while he went inside the business. When he returned a few minutes later, the pickup was gone. He reported the theft to Roseville Police. At 1:03 p.m., the emp-loyee was eating lunch in Saugstad Park when he saw the stolen pickup being driven east on Douglas Boulevard. The stolen pickup was followed to the intersection of Elisa Way and Tina Way, where the pickup stopped and the car dealer employees confronted the pickup driver. The suspect ran into one of the dealership employees with the pickup, then fled on foot. The victim suffered bruises from being struck by the pickup, but declined medical attention at the scene. Roseville Police officers located one of the suspects, Bobby Joe Brand, hiding in the area of 300 Elisa Court and arrested him without further incident. Brand, age 30, of Rocklin, was booked on suspicion of vehicle theft, assault with a deadly weapon, and conspiracy. He is being held without bail in the Placer County Jail on a parole hold. A second suspect, William Allerton Burns, 49, of Roseville was arrested near the 700 block of Elisa Way on suspicion of vehicle theft, conspiracy, and a Placer County bench warrant for driving on a suspended license. He is being held in the Placer County Jail on $22,500 bail.