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Two daytime burglaries attempted

By: Gloria Beverage, Placer Herald Editor
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Two daytime residential burglaries in the past few days have some neighborhoods on high alert. In both cases, residents called Rocklin Police to report suspicious activity. In one incident, the burglar was captured, but the suspect in another attempted break-in was able to elude law enforcement. An Escallonia Way resident was startled to find someone trying to enter the house early Monday morning. The woman told police she didn’t answer the door when someone rang the doorbell several times. Shortly afterwards, reported Rocklin Police Lt. Lon Milka, the resident heard a noise at the back slider door and saw a man trying to enter the home. “She scared him off and called 9-1-1,” he said. After the suspect fled over a back fence, Rocklin and Roseville Police Departments with assistance from the California Highway Patrol helicopter unit conducted an extensive neighborhood search, added Lt. Chad Butler. However, he was able to elude officers. The suspect is described as a white male, standing 5’10” with short, dirty blond hair and wearing black clothing. Last Thursday, Rocklin Police arrested Casey Proctor, 23, on suspicion of residential burglary, resisting arrest and witness intimidation, Lt. Milka reported. Around 10 a.m. on Feb. 16, officers responded to a call reporting a suspicious man on foot in the 5000 block of Ford Road. A couple of minutes later, dispatchers received an alarm notification from a residence in the same neighborhood. When officers checked out the house, they discovered a broken rear window. In the meantime, Proctor burst out of the front door and began jumping fences eventually running to an adjacent golf course, Lt. Milka continued. Officers were joined by K-9 units and air support in searching for the suspect. Proctor eventually broke out of his hiding spot in another backyard and ran across Sunset Boulevard, then through an apartment complex. The Rocklin resident was finally apprehended in a nearby field by Rocklin officers with the assistance of Roseville Police officers and the California Highway Patrol Air Unit. He was booked into Placer County Jail. Once again, Rocklin Police remind residents to keep doors and windows locked at night and when away from home.