City of Sacramento Police Department

SAMUEL D. SOMERS JR.
Chief of Police
5770 Freeport Blvd., Suite 100
Sacramento, CA  95822-3516

(916) 808-0800
Fax : (916) 808-0818
www.sacpd.org

MEDIA ADVISORY/PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release No. 20110317-045
Thursday, March 17, 2011

Pot O' Gold At The End Of The Rainbow

The Sacramento Police Department wants to warn the community of a current robbery trend. With the price of gold nearing all time highs, thieves are looking for that pot o' gold. Many victims have had gold jewelry snatched right from their person.

On Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at 12:15 p.m., the victim was pushing a shopping cart in the 6600 block of Stockton Boulevard when a male intentionally walked in front of her. When the victim stopped the cart to avoid hitting the male, he reached over and grabbed her gold necklace from around her neck. The suspect ran across the parking lot and jumped into a red 4-door compact car. The suspect was described as a male Asian early 20's, 5'7", 165 lbs., black hair, wearing a black coat and black pants.

On Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 5:10 p.m., the victim was walking in the 6100 block of Lemon Hill Avenue when the suspect ran up to her from behind. The suspect said nothing to the victim, he just grabbed her necklace from her neck and kept running east on Lemon Hill. The suspect was described as a male White 27-28 years old, wearing a black beanie cap, black sweatshirt and black pants.

Because of the current high value of gold, the community is cautioned about robbers and burglars targeting victims for their gold. There are many personal safety tips and ways to protect your home on our website at www.sacpd.org. The use of residential alarm systems and surveillance cameras are always good options for keeping you and your family safe. It is important for residents to watch out for suspicious persons or activities and to look out for each other. Call the police if you see anyone or anything suspicious.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information.  Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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