Rocklin, Calif.- On January 10th at 1:00 AM, Rocklin Officer Jeremy Duckham was patrolling a new housing development in the Whitney Ranch area of Rocklin. The area is a new housing phase of the Whitney Ranch community and there are several groups of model homes currently under construction.
The officer conducted a foot patrol in the area and he noticed that one of the homes had an unlocked front door. He noted that the floor tile being installed was very unique and that there were numerous boxes unopened. There was no way to secure the model home and the officer resumed his normal patrol duties.
About 3 hours later in the same area of the model homes, the same officer’s attention was drawn to a gold Chevy Trailblazer with two males inside. The Trailblazer driver pulled over on his own accord when they spotted the police car and the driver approached the officer, explaining that he was in the area and, specifically on the particular street, to pick up a co-worker. During the conversation, the suspicions of the officer were raised even more for a number of reasons including the driver not being able to recount which street they were on currently.
A short time later, while conversing with the subject, the officer observed numerous boxes of tile and tile laying material completely filling the rear passenger compartment of the Trailblazer, leaving no room for a passenger or co-worker.
During a subsequent search of the vehicle the alert officer saw numerous boxes containing various types of floor and wall tiles. He immediately recognized some of the tile as the same tile he had observed earlier in the evening inside the unlocked model home. He also noted tools commonly used during the commission of nighttime burglaries.
One of the subjects, Nicolai Rodney, 29 years of Antelope, was arrested with outstanding warrants and for burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime. The other Ryan Perdue, 30 years of Roseville, was arrested for burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime. Both were booked at Placer County Jail.
“This is the type of keen police work, based on experience and intuition, that the Rocklin Police Department is very proud of”, said Captain Lon Milka. “Officer Jeremy Duckham is a lateral officer that has been with us for just over 3 months. We are very fortunate to have him working for the citizens of Rocklin.”