Roseville police report that an Antelope man was returned to Placer County jail, nine day after he was released from custody, for allegedly committing similar offenses in west Roseville neighborhoods.
Pavel Ustimchuk, 28, initially was arrested in the early morning of May 27, after police received a report of a suspicious man riding a bike in the 1600 block of Soledad Drive. The man reportedly was holding a flashlight and looking into cars.
Officer detained the man, identified as Ustimchuk, in the area, and another officer found a woman asleep in the cab of a nearby pickup truck. Inside the pickup were another bicycle, heroin, methamphetamine, burglar’s tools and suspected stolen property, including credit cards, checks and identification cards, according to a Police Department news release. Some of the property was determined to have been taken in recent theft from an unlocked car in Rocklin.
Police said it appeared that Ustimchuk and his companion drove into the area, parked the truck, then rode out on bikes to case the area for unlocked cars with wallets and other valuables inside.
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Ustimchuck and his companion, a 30-year-old Rio Linda woman, were arrested on suspicion of theft, drug possession and other related offenses, police said.
After further investigation, officers rearrested Ustimchuk on June 2 on suspicion of being an ex-felon in possession of a stolen firearm and ammunition. They also found that the Ford truck he was driving at the time of his May 27 arrest had been stolen from Sacramento in January.
Ustimchuk was released from Placer County jail on June 3, after posting a $60,000 bail bond, police said.
Nine days later, on Friday afternoon, an off-duty police officer from another jurisdiction noticed a man acting suspiciously in a grocery store parking lot at Woodcreek Oaks and Pleasant Grove boulevards, walking around peering into vehicles. The off-duty officer called Roseville police and watched the man take a bicycle out of the back of a Ford pickup, police said.
Roseville officers responded and contacted the man riding the bike, Ustimchuck. Police checked the Ford pickup he was using and found that it had been stolen from a Roseville resident in April 2014.
Searches of Ustimchuk and the pickup turned up heroin, methamphetamine paraphernalia, and several suspected stolen credit and bank cards in other people’s names, police said.
Officers arrested Ustimchuk on suspicion of vehicle theft, possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia, possession of burglar’s tools, and committing a felony while out on bail for another felony.
Police said Ustimchuk is back in Placer County jail, where he is being held in lieu of $70,000 bail.