Trail of blood is alleged burglar’s undoing

Rocklin police catch suspect at the scene
By: Scott Thomas Anderson, Gold Country Media
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Fast response time and the threat of a police dog was enough to prompt an alleged commercial burglar into surrendering last night on a Rocklin golf course on Midas Avenue.

According to the Rocklin Police Department, 34-year-old Travis Dandrea broke into the Sunset Whitney Country Club at 10:40 p.m., gaining entry by smashing a number of the business’s windows. The breach set off a silent burglar alarm.

Rocklin Police Lt. Terry Roide said that when officers arrived at the scene, they could hear noises inside of the clubhouse and immediately noticed a trail of blood beginning at the jagged, shattered windows. Following spots of blood, the officers moved down one of the golf paths to a nearby walking bridge. Roide added that a K-9 officer from the Roseville Police Department was brought to the scene to help hunt down the suspect. When the K-9 officer announced into the darkness that he was about to let his dog go, Dandrea allegedly began calling out from beneath the bridge that he wanted to reveal himself and give up.

He was taken into custody without the K-9 being sent after him.

The Rocklin police report states Dandrea had fresh cuts on his hands, allowing for the blood trail. Officer said they found other evidence on their suspect that linked him to the country club break-in.       

Dandrea, a Rocklin resident, was arrested on charges of burglary and vandalism.