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Alleged Roseville gas thief nabbed by authorities

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A suspect believed to have stolen 1,000 gallons of gasoline from a Roseville Shell Station on the last weekend of September was arrested Sunday by police. Edward Valila is described as an Elk Grove man in his early 30s and one of two prime suspects who burglarized more than $4,500 in gas from a Shell Station on the 1000 block of Douglas Blvd. The other suspect’s name has not yet been released due to efforts underway to take him into custody. The crime occurred on the night of Sept. 27, when two suspects in a pickup truck reportedly arrived at the Shell Station after it was closed and swiped hundreds of gallons of gas by disabling a pump meter. The thieves returned the next night and repeated the crime. Shell station employees were able to provide the Roseville Police Department with video images of the suspects’ truck, as well as a license plate number. Roseville police detectives have been investigating the incident since. Those efforts allegedly led to the home of Valila in Elk Grove. Roseville police sergeant Karl Byer said Valila was not there when officers first arrived at his residence, but they spotted the truck used in both of the gas crimes. Valila eventually pulled up to find police officers waiting for him. He was taken into custody on charges of grand theft. His bail is set at $5,000. ~ Scott Thomas Anderson