Alleged intruder nabbed
after resident calls 911
Rocklin police have arrested a burglary suspect who allegedly entered a home, then ran out when he encountered a person inside the residence.
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At 9:21 a.m. Tuesday, police received a 911 call reporting a residential burglary in progress on Brittany Court. While the caller was inside the home, the intruder entered through the interior garage door, according to a Police Department news release. When the intruder saw the occupant, he ran out the side garage door and jumped over the backyard fence onto Rocklin Road.
Officers arrived, searched the area and found an individual who matched the description of the intruder. They arrested 27-year-old Steven Michael Unwin of Rocklin on suspicion of residential burglary, possession of burglary tools and being under the influence of a controlled substance. Unwin was booked into Placer County jail.
Police encourage residents to take extra security precautions to protect their homes by using deadbolts, audible alarms and security cameras. They note that thieves may be more active during the holidays, when homes and vehicles are likely to be filled with holiday gifts.
– Cathy Locke
Hash oil suspected
in apartment blast
Four Truckee men have been booked into the Truckee jail for investigation of drug manufacturing following a chemical explosion at the apartment of one of the suspects.
Responding to a reported “grease fire” Sunday, police and firefighters “quickly determined there had been a small chemical explosion,” according to a Truckee Police Department news release.
The explosion occurred at the Truckee Pines Apartments, 10100 Estates Drive, while the men were using butane fuel in an effort to make “hash oil” from marijuana to obtain stronger THC content, police Sgt. Robert Womack said.
It’s a dangerous extraction practice that is on the rise and has led to explosions and fires in California and the nation, often endangering families and neighbors, the release said.
Anthony Garner, 20, renter in the apartment where the explosion occurred, was taken to Tahoe Forest Hospital with moderate burns.
Garner was later booked into jail for investigation of manufacturing drugs, child endangerment, conspiracy to commit crimes and maintaining a residence for manufacturing drugs, all felonies.
Arrested at the scene for investigation of manufacturing drugs, child endangerment, and conspiracy to commit crimes were Kiev Watson-Akright, 22, Yvenel Casseide, 21, and Austin Coton, 21.
All the men were actively involved in trying to make hash oil, according to the release.
– Barbara Barte Osborn
Yolo DA issues warning
on bogus IRS calls
The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office is warning residents about a scam involving computer-generated phone calls purporting to be from the Internal Revenue Service.
The official-sounding call was reported by a local resident who wanted to warn others, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release.
Authorities note that con artists often try to deceive potential victims by impersonating officials in hopes of obtaining personal information such as a Social Security or credit card number. In this case, the caller claimed to be from the “Internal Revenue Services.” The caller didn’t know the name of the person he was calling, spoke in broken English and used a threatening tone to try to frighten the victim into giving a quick response, authorities said.
The District Attorney’s Office advises people who receive such unexpected calls to avoid providing personal information. Instead, hang up and contact the agency or company through a reliable phone number or other official source to confirm the authenticity of the request. In this instance, authorities said, a quick Internet check of the name used by the caller indicated it was a scam.
Anyone who receives a phone call claiming to be from the IRS and suspects it is a scam, is advised to ask the caller to to call back later and to provide his or her employee badge number. Then call the Internal Revenue Service’s Sacramento office, (916) 974-5225, to determine whether the call was legitimate.
For information on this or other types of scams, call Enforcement Officer Dave Edwards at the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office, (530) 666-8416.
– Cathy Locke
Convicted sex offender
headed back to prison
A previously convicted sex offender from Citrus Heights is going back to prison.
Travis Marshall Grey, 30, was sentenced Tuesday in Sacramento by U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez to 13 years and four months in prison for receiving child pornography and violating conditions of his supervised release, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.
Grey was convicted in 2007of receipt of child pornography and had been ordered to register as a sex offender, court documents show. On Aug. 12, 2010, he was indicted in federal court for failure to register as a sex offender in Yolo County while living in Woodland. He subsequently was sentenced to 10 months in prison for failure to register and ordered to serve 10 years of supervised release and to register as a sex offender.
Grey was released from prison on Jan. 20, 2012. A year later, it was discovered that he had not updated his registration when he moved in December 2012 without his probation officer’s approval, violating his conditions of release.
In addition, between Jan. 25 and Jan. 29, 2013, Grey received images of child pornography through the Internet, authorities said. He also had unsupervised contact with minors during that time, also violating conditions of his release.
The case was investigated by the Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, a federally and state-funded task force managed by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department with agents from federal, state and local agencies.
– Cathy Locke