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Rocklin PD Uses Instagram to Stop a Thief

On Saturday between nine and eleven PM, officers took four auto burglary reports in the area of the Blue Oaks Town Center and Staybridge Suites Hotel parking lots.  The suspect/s smashed the car windows to gain access and took GPS units, wallets and other assorted items left in plain view.

One of the victims learned her credit card had been used at the nearby Carl’s Jr for $120.00 within minutes of her making the police report.  Officers made contact with the restaurant manager who remembered a large drive-through food order paid for by credit card.  The manager obtained a license plate number and described the subjects to the police.  The vehicle was a 1994 Buick registered out of Sacramento.   The manager added that she thought one of the students was a local high school student and thought the photos might be uploaded onto an Instagram account.

Day shift patrol officers and a Community Service Officer were able to locate the Instagram photos from the Carl’s Jr transaction.  They also learned the suspects were intent on returning to Rocklin on the evening Sunday night.

On Sunday  around 9pm, an officer observed the suspect vehicle as it sped by him on Sunset Blvd.  The vehicle pulled into Walgreen’s parking lot at Park Drive and Sunset Blvd.  Officers detained three adults and one juvenile.  During a search of the vehicle, stolen property was recovered from the burglaries on Saturday as well as property from an unreported Roseville auto burglary that occurred within an hour of the detention.  Three adults and one juvenile were arrested and booked for Auto Burglary, Conspiracy, Possession of Stolen Property and Unauthorized Use of Personal ID.

Rocklin’s Chief of Police Ron Lawrence was extremely pleased by his department’s investigation and arrests.

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