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Community’s tips, social media lead to arrest of Roseville identity theft suspect

Oleg Seleznev
Oleg Seleznev Booking photo, Roseville Police Department

Roseville police credit social media and tips from the community for leading to Wednesday’s arrest of a North Highlands man suspected of identity theft and other crimes.

Oleg Seleznev, 28, is being held in Placer County Jail in lieu of $270,000 bail following his arrest on suspicion of identity theft, probation violation and other related charges, as well as outstanding warrants, according to a Police Department news release.

Officers responded in the early morning of May 27 to a report of a man on a bicycle checking vehicles in the 1600 block of Soledad Drive in west Roseville. Officers arrested that man and a female accomplice, and recovered stolen property from at least seven recent vehicle burglaries and thefts from unlocked vehicles in west Roseville, Rocklin and Antelope. In each incident, police said, thieves stole bank cards and financial information, along with other items of value.

As detectives examined the evidence, they found that another man was involved in the ring and obtained surveillance photos of an unidentified man using one victim’s ATM card at a credit union in Antelope.

On June 23, police posted surveillance photos of that suspect on social media and asked the community for information. The next day, a detective received a tip regarding the man’s identity, investigated the information and found it matched, police said. Wednesday morning, Roseville detectives found the suspect, Seleznev, in North Highlands and took him into custody.

Police said the case was a good example of the community and law enforcement working together with the help of social media, as well as a reminder to not leave purses, wallets or financial information in vehicles.