A teenager outside the Galleria Mall loaned his cell phone to a driver who promptly drove away with it - but Roseville police were able to get it back in short order.
The theft occurred 6 p.m. Sunday when carload of people pulled up to the young teen boy who was walking in a parking lot. The driver asked to borrow the boy’s phone to make a call.
The teen handed over the phone, and the motorist drove away with it, police say. Later, an officer spotted the car traveling north on Galleria Boulevard and followed it to an area near Stanford Ranch Road and Five Star Boulevard, where a stop was made.
The car, police said, was reported stolen from Rocklin earlier in the day. The teen’s cell phone was recovered from inside the vehicle. The car and the phone were returned to their owners.
Police arrested three 18-year-old men, two from Rocklin and one from Roseville. A 15-year-old boy from Roseville was also arrested and taken to juvenile hall.
All were booked on suspicion of vehicle theft, grand theft and other charges.