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    Jim Finelli uses a backpack blower to make maintenance tasks on larger properties easier. Police are intent on stopping the theft of gasoline leaf blowers, lawn trimmers and other expensive tools from the trailers and truck beds of hardworking gardeners in Roseville.

Two arrested in latest Roseville theft of landscaper’s tools of trade

Published: Monday, Jul. 14, 2014 - 4:12 pm

Two men were arrested on suspicion of taking landscaping tools from a trailer as police move to halt the increase of such thefts from Roseville streets.

Police are intent on stopping the theft of gasoline leaf blowers, lawn trimmers and other expensive tools from the trailers and truck beds of hardworking gardeners in Roseville.

Recently, there had been an upswing of the theft of landscaping tools in Roseville. While gardeners go about their work, often in 100-degree heat, edging and mowing, thieves swoop by and make off with landscaping equipment.

Officers first worked with the department’s crime analyst to identify areas in the city where the next theft might occur. Officers staking out an area about 11 a.m. Friday noticed a car slowly cruising through one such neighborhood.

They then saw two men get out of the car and remove tools from a landscaper’s trailer on Park Regency Drive. Officers pulled over the driver and placed him under arrest.

The passenger fled on foot, hopping over a retaining wall and running through yards. He was eventually found in a yard in the 1800 block of Grouse Run Circle.

Shafeeq Jamal Purdy, 32, and Christopher Darnell Ross, 20, both of Sacramento, were arrested on suspicion of grand theft, conspiracy and possession of burglar’s tools.

The stolen property was recovered and returned to the victim, according to a department press release.


Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

Read more articles by Bill Lindelof



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