ROCKLIN (CBS13) — The Rocklin Police Department is urging residents to connect with social media after a woman didn’t get an alert from police and let a burglary suspect in her home.
The city of Rocklin has spent a lot of resources making sure they can get in touch with residents. With more people giving up their landlines and getting cellphones, they say residents have to step up.READ MORE: Boy, 8, Hailed A Hero After Discovering Baby Sister Unresponsive In Pool
Megan Christy had no idea a burglar had just struck a home down the road.
“Had I known that was going on, and she came to my door, I would have handled it so differently,” she said.
Other neighbors like Brian Gillette knew about the man and woman who were on the run.
“I got an alert on my phone saying that there were some suspects in the area, something was happening in the area,” he said.
His son noticed the license plates were blacked out, so they called Rocklin Police.READ MORE: Man Apologizes After Video Shows Street Vendor Attacked
But when officers arrived, the couple fled out the back. Almost immediately, alerts went out on the department’s social media accounts, as well as automated phone calling systems, text messages and the police app.
But Christy hadn’t signed up for any of the alerts. The suspect came to her home saying her boyfriend kicked her out.
“I felt horrible letting her sit on my porch,” she said.
Christy let burglary suspect Chelsey Crooks inside and even gave her clothes and food.
“I gave her a meal, and my girlfriends saw police driving up and down the street, and thought this is strange,” she said.MORE NEWS: Folsom Shuts Sutter Street Down To Open Businesses
They added it up and got ahold of police who arrested Crooks. Police also found her alleged accomplice, Channing Sharp, after a neighbor who received the alert got ahold of them.