RPD staff and kids from Diamond Creek Elementary School spreading holiday cheer

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On December 23, a group of RPD employees enjoyed distributing toys collected by the students of Diamond Creek Elementary School to kids at several low-income apartment complexes throughout the city. This has become an annual holiday partnership between Diamond Creek Elementary and Roseville P.D. They spread a lot of joy yesterday!

Check out charities:  'Tis the time of year when charities are asking for end of year contributions. Here's some good advice and tools for checking out charities, avoiding scams, and giving not only generously, but wisely.

It always seems to be "that time of year" for scam artists. Here are three common scams and one attempted scam reported over the past couple of weeks:

Large check scams: A resident answered an Internet advertisement for an advertising job. The "employer" sent him a large check, told him to keep a small amount for his pay and wire the balance to an address back east. The "employer's" check was no good, and the resident lost the money he wired.

Another resident advertised small items for sale on Craigslist for $40. A "buyer" sent him a large check, asking him to keep $40 and wire the balance somewhere else. The resident realized this was a scam, so he didn't attempt to cash the check, and notified police. The red flags on both these incidents were getting an unsolicited large check, and being asked to wire money. Once you wire money, and it's been picked up at the other end, you can't get it back--it's gone.

Unsolicited computer repair scam: A resident got an unsolicited call from a male with an Indian accent, telling her that he had detected a virus on her computer, and needed to fix it. The resident gave the unknown male remote access to her computer so he could fix the computer. The unsolicted "repair guy" then offered her an extended warranty, so she gave him her bank account number. Soon someone made large, unauthorized withdrawals of cash from the bank account. One of the red flags here was an unsolicted call for previously undetected computer problems. No legitimate software company is going to make such unsolicited calls. If you are having computer issues, contact your computer manufacturer or a known and reputable company for assistance.

Drive-by repair scam: A man was in a parking lot in the 1000 block of Riverside Avenue when someone he didn't know approached him and offered to fix his broken taillight in exchange for cash. The man agreed and opened his trunk so the man could make the repairs, while he went to an unrelated appointment. He paid the man in cash. Later he realized that no work had been done on his car, and that tools were missing from his trunk.
Tip:Please don't accept unsolicited offers to fix your car or repair your house, especially from strangers who want to be paid in cash.

Due to the holidays, this is an abbreviated crime report--it doesn't include the usual round-up of thefts from vehicles in residential areas. Be assured they're still happening. Please, especially at this time of the year, don't leave your purse, wallet, Christmas presents or other valuables in your unattended cars, and don't leave your garage remote in your car when you park outside at home. Always remove all your valuables and lock up.

December's Public Safety News and Tips is out with tips for safe home decorating and shopping safety. Read it online or print copies for your neighborhood watch group.

Police Beat 1
Northeast Roseville

Olympus Pointe, attempted burglary: Between 10:30 p.m. December 20 and 8:30 a.m. December 21, someone kicked the door of a home in the 3200 block of Corniche Lane, damaging the door, while the residents were home. No entry was made and nothing was taken. The Placer County Sheriff's Office arrested two people in connection with a similar burglary in Granite Bay early on December 21. We're working with PCSO to determine if this attempted burglary is connected to the same suspects.

Police Beat 2
East Roseville

Sierra Gardens, attempted burglary: At 8:37 p.m. December 14, residents of the 1500 block of Meadowlark Way heard a loud noise and found someone had kicked their front door, damaging the frame, and saw a male running away.

Police Beat 3
Central Roseville, south of the tracks

Cirbyside, suspected burglars arrested:  At 11:10 p.m. December 21, Roseville officers were on routine patrol in the 500 block of Sunrise Avenue, and saw two males trying to climb through the window of an unoccupied apartment.  The two males, ages 32 and 35, both from Roseville, were arrested on suspicion of burglary and conspiracy.

Cresthaven, suspicious circumstances, drug and weapon arrests:  At 11 p.m. December 19, officers responded to a convenience store in the 500 block of Cirby Way, where a customer had told the clerk that her male companion was holding her against her will.   Officers contacted the alleged victim and suspect, and found methamphetamine on the male suspect, and a stolen laptop computer in his car. Their investigation led officers to search a home in the 200 block of Duranta Street, where they found more methamphetamine and other drugs, and an illegal firearm.  The male, a 34-year-old transient, was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, false imprisonment, possessing methamphetamine for sale, weapons charges, possessing stolen property and other related charges.  A 32-year-old female contacted during the search of the home on Duranta Street was arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine and narcotic drugs, keeping a place to sell drugs and other related charges.

Cherry Glen, robbery:  At about 8 p.m. December 15, a teenage male was standing outside in the 400 block of Clinton Avenue when a car pulled up next to him.  The passenger got out of the car, pointed a handgun at the victim and robbed him of his cellphone and other personal property, then got back into the car and left. The suspect was described as an Hispanic male in his early 20s, 6'1" tall and 150 pounds, with long, curly black hair.  The suspect car was a dark-colored sedan, similar to a 1990s Honda, with small dents in the body.  It was driven by another male, no further description.

Theiles Manor, burglary:  Between December 14 and December 16, someone forced entry into a music studio in the 500 block of Oak Street and took a printer and small electronic items.

Folsom Road, burglary:  Between noon on December 20 and noon the next day, someone forced entry to an office in the 1000 block of Douglas Boulevard and took cash and office equipment.

Folsom Road, suspected burglar arrested:  At about 10:30 p.m. December 22, officers responded to a resident's report of a suspicious person in a back yard in the 100 block of Donner Avenue.  Officers conducted a yard-to-yard search, and within a half hour located the suspect in a backyard the 200 block of Donner Avenue.  They found that he had broken into a backyard guest house and stolen cash.  The 37-year-old Roseville resident was arrested on suspicion of burglary, possessing stolen property, prowling, and violation of parole.

Police Beat 4
Central Roseville, north of the tracks

Nothing of general interest at this time.

Police Beat 5
North Central Roseville

Industrial West, burglary: Between 3 and 6:50 p.m. December 23, someone forced entry through a rear door to a home on Rainbow Trout Court and stole a TV.

Police Beat 6
West Roseville

Quail Glen, burglary: At about 1:30 p.m. December 23, a resident of the 9000 block of Crimson Ridge Way checked on a noise, and saw two white males in their 20s running out of her garage. They had forced entry through the garage's side door, and were going through items in the garage when the resident interrupted them. Several witnesses reported seeing two males on bicycles on the nearby bike trail, carrying a toolbox. Officers checked the area and adjacent open space areas with the help of CHP's helicopter, but weren't able to locate the suspects at this time.

Pleasant Grove, arson: At 1:40 p.m. December 23, an officer saw a small fire in the open space area near Pleasant Grove Boulevard and Country Club Drive. He stopped and put it out with a fire extinguisher. A witness contacted the officer and told him about suspects seen starting fires in the area. Roseville Fire personnel responded and extinguished other small vegetation fires in the same area. Officers stopped two people who were on foot in the area. A 51-year-old male Roseville resident was arrested on suspicion of arson.

Got  a Crime Tip?

Do you have a crime tip about any of these crimes, or any other unsolved Roseville crime? Call us!  Email us! Text us! We don't need to know who you are. 

You can submit a crime tip online by visiting the Roseville Police Department's website at and selecting "Submit a Tip" from the menu on the left.  You'll be redirected to TipSoft's website.  Wireless phone users can text a tip to 274637 ("CRIMES").  Start your tip with the word "ROSEVILLE". 

You can also call Roseville Crime Stoppers at 916-783-STOP with information about crimes.

Alarm Permit Renewals

Have you received a notice from the Roseville False Alarm Reduction Program to renew your burglar alarm or pay an excessive false alarm fee, asking you to send payments to P.O. Box 749879 in Los Angeles? This is a valid, legitimate message on behalf of the City of Roseville and the RPD.

The City of Roseville updated its alarm ordinance last year, requiring annual updates of alarm permits for a $5 fee. These updates help us ensure we have current emergency contact information in case there’s an alarm at your house or place of business. We've contracted with an outside company, Crywolf, to handle our alarm permits and false alarm billing.

For more information on our false alarm reduction program, visit our website at, and click on "alarm information" on the menu on the left side of the page.

How Can I Find My Neighborhood News?

These neighborhood updates are organized geographically by police beat. We’ve divided Roseville into six geographic beat areas, and there are smaller neighborhood areas within each beat. If you'd like to know which beat and neighborhood area you live in, visit our website to view maps.


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