A Rocklin police officer who discovered an unlocked door at a model home with distinctive tiles later arrested two men when he recognized boxes of the same tiles in their vehicle, authorities said.
Officer Jeremy Duckham was patrolling about 1 a.m. Sunday in a housing development in the city’s Whitney Ranch area where several model homes were under construction. He noticed that the front door of one of the homes was unlocked and saw the distinctive tiles in some open boxes, apparently left for installation, according to a department news release.
There was no way to secure the model home, and Duckham resumed his patrol.
About three hours later, in the same area, he noticed a gold Chevrolet Trailblazer with two men inside. The driver stopped his car and walked to the officer, saying he was on the street to pick up a co-worker. Authorities said the officer became suspicious for several reasons, including the man’s inability to identify the street he was on. As the two talked, the officer also noticed that the rear passenger compartment of the Trailblazer was filled with boxes of tile and tile-laying materials, leaving no room for the man’s purported co-worker.
Duckham searched the vehicle and found boxes of various types of floor and wall tiles, including some of the distinctive tiles he recognized from inside the unlocked model home. The officer also found tools commonly used in burglaries, police said.
Nicolai Rodney, 29, of Antelope was arrested in connection with outstanding warrants and on suspicion of burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime. Another man, Ryan Perdue, 30, of Roseville was arrested on suspicion of burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime. Both were booked into Placer County Jail.