Tuesday Aug 28 2012
Armed robbers hit Dollar Tree
By: Gloria Beverage, Placer Herald Editor
Camping World burglarized, pair apprehended after brief chase
By Gloria Beverage Placer Herald Editor Two Rocklin businesses were targeted by criminals this weekend. Three women, one armed with a handgun, entered the Dollar Tree on Lonetree Boulevard around closing time on Monday and demanded cash, reported Rocklin Police Lt. Lon Milka. Store employees told Rocklin Police officers three women entered the store at 9:21 p.m. One woman aimed a silver handgun at a male employee while pulling him to the ground. While the other two women held the employee down, the woman with the gun ordered another employee to open the cash registers. After forcing both employees into the manager’s office and taking additional cash, the suspects fled out the front door, Lt. Milka continued. The first suspect, who wore a black zip-up hooded sweatshirt, is described as dark skinned, possibly Hispanic, approximately 40 years old, standing between 5’10” and 6’ and weighing about 200 pounds. Witnesses indicated she had a tattoo of lips on her neck. The second woman is described as a white female in her 30s with dirty blonde hair, standing about 5’7” and weighing approximately 200 pounds. She was wearing a dark shirt and light-colored jeans. Witnesses described the third woman as in her 30s with dark skin and hair. She stands about 5’4” tall, weighs about 180 pounds and had dark baggy sweats on. Rocklin Police and officers from surrounding agencies searched the area for suspects, but did not locate the trio. At this time there is no information on a suspect vehicle. Anyone with information about this robbery can call the Rocklin Police Department at (916) 625-5400. An anonymous tip can be submitted at the Rocklin Police Department website or by texting the word Rocklin followed by your tip information to 847411 (Tip411). Camping World break-in Early Sunday morning, two men were arrested following the burglary of a Granite Drive business, reported Rocklin Police Lt. Jamie Knox. Rocklin Police arrested Kreig Michael Bettencourt, 44, of Modesto and Colby Dean Osborne, 27 of Columbia, shortly after 12:30 a.m. Within a minute of receiving the report of a silent alarm activation, Rocklin Police arrived at Camping World and observed a white SUV leaving the area. Another officer responding to the call spotted the vehicle and attempted to stop it. However, the driver refused to stop and headed for Interstate 80. When he finally pulled over, his passenger jumped from the car and fled on foot. He was apprehended after a foot pursuit that ended in the commercial district of Granite Drive, Lt. Knox continued. Several stolen generators and narcotics were found inside the suspect’s vehicle. Bettencourt is now facing charges of burglary, committing a felony while on felony bail, conspiracy to commit a felony, possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance Osborne is facing the same charges as well as the charge of resisting arrest. Both were booked at the Placer County Jail.