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Would-be thieves don’t get far in March

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Information complied from local police reports. All suspects are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

March 2

At 6:20 p.m., a resident noticed a truck parked in a suspicious manner on Stonehouse Court, backed up next to several commercial air conditioning units. The resident then saw a man wearing large gloves tampering with the units. The witness confronted the stranger, prompting the would-be thief to flee the area in his truck. A Roseville police officer arrived on the scene to discover the AC unit had cut copper wires and missing parts. Police describe the suspect as a clean-shaven white male in his 40s. He is 6 feet tall and 175 pounds with short brown hair and tattoos on his upper arm. He was driving a red pickup with a red camper shell.

March 3

Just after 6:30 a.m., a security officer interrupted a burglary at a medical clinic in the 1000 block of Riverside Avenue. The incident started when the security worker saw a man standing next to a broken window, causing the suspect to jump into a tan Dodge mini-van with a partial license plate of “6U.” The suspect is between the ages of 25 and 30. He is described as 6 feet tall and 160 pounds. Roseville police said the crime may be related to other commercial burglaries during the same time frame in the Sierra Gardens and Cirbyside neighborhoods.

March 4

Around 7:40 p.m., two young women knocked on the door of a visually impaired senior citizen near the East Roseville Parkway. The women told the senior they were trying to get her to buy magazine subscriptions "to benefit veterans." According to the Roseville Police Department, one of the women claimed that her grandmother lived in the same neighborhood. The suspects talked the senior into letting them into her home. Once inside, they asked to use her bathroom. After the women left, the senior discovered her prescription narcotic medication was missing from the bathroom. Roseville police officers found and arrested the two suspects, a 22-year-old woman from Columbus, Ohio, and a 21-year-old woman from Modesto, on suspicion of burglary, conspiracy to commit a crime and elder abuse. During the investigation, officers learned the women were part of a “traveling group of solicitors” who target senior citizens by claiming to sell magazine subscriptions and work on behalf of veterans groups. Roseville police said any donations made to the women were used to pay for motel rooms and alcohol. The suspects’ names have not be released.  

March 6

Between 5:45 and 6 p.m., a woman was shopping at a grocery store in the 6700 block of Stanford Ranch Road when she was approached by a woman she had never met before. The unknown woman struck up a conversation with her about food. A few minutes later, the victim realized her wallet was missing from her purse. Roseville police said the unknown woman was likely working in concert with a partner thief, who got into the purse while the victim was distracted by the conversation. The theft is under investigation.

March 7

At 7:45 a.m., a resident of Monument Drive walked out of his home to see his car’s doors and trunk open, and a man he didn't know sitting in the vehicle. According to Roseville police, the resident asked the stranger to get out of his car. The stranger allegedly became combative, slapping the homeowner’s upper body. Police were called to the scene as a helpful neighbor got involved. The arriving Roseville police officer reportedly ended up in a fight with the suspect. Additional officers arrived, jumping in, taking the suspect into custody. Looking through his car in the aftermath, the victim allegedly found prescription drugs that did not belong to him. Roseville police officers also allegedly found items that had been stolen the night before from an unlocked car in the 3000 block of Parkham Drive. Paul Douglas Castleman, 47, of Isleton, was arrested on charges of obstructing peace officers, assault and theft.

March 8

At 9:34 a.m., a resident called 911 to report a suspicious person looking into the windows of parked cars at an office complex in the 1800 block of East Roseville Parkway. A Roseville police officer responded and found the suspect rummaging through a nearby dumpster. According to the police, the officer ran a check on the high-end bicycle the suspect was riding, discovering its serial number had been scratched off. The officer searched the suspect's backpack and allegedly found two different stolen ID cards. Jeffrey Banach, 41, of Roseville, was arrested for possession of stolen property.

March 10

Around 7:40 a.m., Roseville police officers responded to a complaint about “Dumpster-diving" at an apartment complex in the 1800 block of Junction Boulevard. Running a check on the Dumpster diver, police realized that there was an arrest warrant for him out of Sacramento County. Ronald Spoonmore, 44, of Citrus Heights, was detained and turned over to Sacramento County, where records indicate he was placed on “flash incarceration” for violating the terms of his Post Release Community Supervision under California Realignment.