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Parolees nabbed after shoplifting at K-Mart

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Michael Knight, 39, of Vacaville and Scott Sweed, 42, of Fairfield were arrested Sunday afternoon while attempting to shoplift items at the K-Mart on Pacific Street, reported Rocklin Police Lt. Lon Milka. When Rocklin Police officers responded to the report of a theft in progress at 2:58 p.m., they learned a male suspect had fled on foot after being confronted by the store’s loss prevention staff. While searching for the suspect, he continued, officers spotted two suspicious individuals sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot. They determined the two were associated with the male suspect who had fled. Inside the vehicle, officers found a sawed-off shotgun, drug paraphernalia and ammunition. At that point, Sweed, who was out on parole, was arrested and booked on felony charges of felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a short barrel gun, prohibited person in possession of ammunition and violation of parole. A short time later, Rocklin Police dispatchers received numerous reports of a suspicious man going door-to-door in the Rocklin Mobile Home Park, which is less than a mile from the store. The description given by callers matched the suspect from the K-Mart incident, Lt. Milka continued. Around 7:30 p.m., Rocklin officers responded to the report of a vehicle stolen from the Taco Bell parking lot on Rocklin Road. A 1967 Chevy Bel-Air was taken by a man matching the description of the suspect from the afternoon’s shoplifting spree. Within 10 minutes of broadcasting the information to law enforcement agencies, California Highway Patrol officers located the stolen vehicle and wanted suspect in Sacramento County. Knight, a parolee-at-large wanted by the California Department of Corrections, was arrested and booked on felony charges of vehicle theft, possession of a stolen vehicle and false impersonation of another. Both men are being held without bail in Placer County Jail. -- Gloria Beverage