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Roseville, Calif.- Just before 2 a.m. June 1, a good neighbor with insomnia heard the noise of a car engine running outside for a few minutes. He thought that was suspicious, went outside and checked it out.

The resident saw two people associated with an older gold Toyota Corolla cruising the area, checking out parked vehicles. One person drove with the headlamps out, while the other ran from parked car to parked car, trying the door handles to see if they were locked or not. The witness saw them check four cars on Atwell Street, but fortunately they were all locked. The good wide-awake neighbor immediately called police with a description of the vehicle, the suspicious people, and their direction of travel.

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One of the officers spotted the Corolla at Baseline and Fiddyment and stopped it, and contacted the two people inside. Inside the suspects’ car officers found stereo face plates, cell phones, wallets, cash, expensive sunglasses, loose change and other items. Officers investigated further, and found that some of the stolen items came from unlocked cars on Dressler Way and Sophys Court.

Police returned those items to the owners. They also found out the suspects had checked cars on Blanchard St. and Hillington St. An 18-year-old male from Antelope and a 19-year-old male from Roseville were arrested for vehicle tampering (checking car doors), possessing stolen property and other related charges.

Police owe a big thanks to the sleepless neighbor who heard suspicious activity, checked it out from a safe location, and immediately called police with good descriptions. If he hadn’t, these thefts would have almost certainly gone unsolved.

If you live in that neighborhood and you’re missing items from your car, please call Roseville PD at (916)774-5000 ext. 1 and make a theft report.

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