A man suspected of stealing items from occupied homes, cars and boats throughout southwestern Placer County has been arrested by Placer County sheriff’s detectives.
Brock Anthony Kent, 22, came to the attention of a deputy patrolling the Granite Bay area about 3 am. Monday. Kent saw the deputy, turned into a driveway and turned off his car. When the deputy approached, Kent said he lived at the home, but a check with the homeowner determined that he was not a resident, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.
Kent was arrested on suspicion of possessing heroin, methamphetamine and burglary tools, and for a probation violation. He was taken to the Placer County Jail and released a short time later with a promise to appear in court.
At 3 p.m. Tuesday, while a probation search was being conducted at his home, Kent ran from detectives, sheriff’s officials said. After a short search, detectives found Kent at nearby Maidu Park, where he reportedly surrendered as soon as the detective’s dog got out of the car.
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More than 50 similar thefts and burglaries have been reported in the Granite Bay area in the past month that investigators say may be connected to Kent. Property related to thefts and burglaries in Granite Bay, Roseville and Rocklin was recovered at his home, sheriff’s officials said. Also recovered were several children’s bikes believed to have been stolen from a Roseville apartment complex.
Kent is being held in the Placer County Jail on suspicion of residential burglary, receiving known stolen property, resisting/delaying arrest, being a felon in possession of ammunition and probation violation. Bail is set at $95,000.