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Roseville purse theft suspects arrested 30 minutes after heist

The theft of a woman’s purse in Roseville set in motion a series of events that led to the rapid return of the woman’s property.

Police said that on Dec. 27 the woman was loading shopping bags into her car in the 1400 block of Lead Hill Boulevard when she noticed her purse and cellphone had disappeared from the shopping cart.

When she questioned the shoppers in the car next to hers, they quickly drove away. The woman and her son wrote down the license plate number of their car and began tracking the stolen phone via an app, according to a police safety newsletter.

They also telephoned Roseville police, and store security showed responding officers surveillance pictures of the couple connected to the car. Roseville dispatchers, using the license plate number, provided officers with more information about the car and potential addresses for the suspects.

Thirty minutes after the first call to police, officers were at a house in Citrus Heights when the couple drove up. Roseville and Citrus Heights officers recovered most of the woman’s stolen property.

A 51-year-old Sacramento man and a 46-year-old Roseville woman were arrested on suspicion of grand theft and possession of stolen property.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.