ROSEVILLE (CBS13) – Working to stem a rise in thefts from local landscaping crews, police in Roseville say they have arrested two men after a stakeout late Friday morning.
The Roseville Police Department says their crime analyst identified the areas of the city where the thefts were more likely to happen. Just before 11 a.m. Friday, officers on a stakeout in one of those areas spotted a suspicious car cruising through the neighborhood.
Officers say they soon saw two people get out of the suspect car and steal some tools from a landscaper’s trailer parked on Park Regency Drive.
The suspect car was later pulled over along Junction Boulevard. Police say the driver was detained, but a passenger got out and ran – managing to jump over a retaining wall and into the yards of the nearby neighborhood. A search found that the man was hiding in a yard along the 1800 block of Grouse Run Circle.
Both men – 32-year-old Shafeeq Jamal Purdy and 20-year-old Christopher Darnell Ross – were arrested on grand theft, conspiracy and possession of burglar’s tools charges. Purdy faces further charges of delaying or obstructing police officers.
The items the men are accused of stealing Friday were returned to the landscapers, police say.