On February 16, 2017, The Citrus Heights Police Department identified and arrested a subject wanted for a string of residential burglaries occurring on the west side of the City. Since January 2016, the suspect is believed to have been responsible for approximately fourteen (14) burglaries and eleven (11) attempted burglaries. Many of these burglaries occurred when the residents were home and asleep.
The Citrus Heights Police Department’s Officers and Detectives were determined to take this individual into custody and return peace of mind to the members of this community.
During the investigation, CHPD Detectives canvassed the area, interviewed numerous people, sought the assistance of allied agencies and collected forensic evidence all of which provided leads as to the whereabouts of the suspect believed to have committed the crimes.
The suspect has been identified as 23-year-old Levi Pierce. Pierce is currently on probation for burglary. Evidence was located during his arrest and Detectives will begin the process of re-uniting victims with their property.
The Citrus Heights Police Department would like to thank the California Highway Patrol’s Air Operations unit, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, and the Department of Justice’s technical support team. Additionally, CHPD would like to thank the residents of Citrus Heights, including Neighborhood Watches and Neighborhood Associations, for their support during this investigation.
Upon hearing the of the successful arrest, CHPD Chief Ron Lawrence stated -
“I could not be more pleased with the work of our police detectives and officers. They solved this crime trend and through great police work, captured this dangerous felon.
“Our community is far safer with this criminal off the streets and in custody.”
“The brazen behavior this suspect exhibited while committing residential burglaries in the middle of the night with home owners asleep was concerning. His arrest should bring some reassurance to those people he victimized and I hope our criminal justice system holds him accountable for his actions.”
The Citrus Heights Police Department is requesting the public’s help in identifying suspects responsible for burglarizing a commercial business in the 7800 block of Lichen Drive.
In the early morning hours on February 5, 2017 suspects entered the closed business by forcing entry into the building. The suspects selected a substantial amount of items and fled the business with the stolen merchandise.
The store video surveillance captured the image of two of the suspected burglars while inside the store. One of the suspects appears to be a male white or Hispanic with a small goatee. He is approximately 5’10 with a thin build. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with large red/white block writing on the front and blue jeans. The second subject is described as a male white or Hispanic, approximately 5’8 with a thick build. He was wearing a black hooded jacket, gray undershirt, and dark jeans.
Patrol Lieutenant Michael Wells said, “The theft from the commercial businesses in our community won’t be tolerated. We hope that the community can assist with identifying these subjects so that we can hold them accountable for this crime.”
Anyone with information regarding this crime, or information about these suspects, is strongly encouraged to contact the Citrus Heights Police Department at (916) 727-5500.
Citrus Heights Police Officers and Detectives conducted multiple sting operations last week as part of the 3rd Annual Rebuild and Reclaim Enforcement Operation. Our efforts were focused on identifying and arresting the “Pimps” and “Johns” and rescuing the victims of human trafficking.
Using the internet and various other tactics including undercover operations, CHPD made (16) arrests. These arrests included “Pimps” (those who were coordinating the services of victims) and “Johns” (those seeking to take advantage of those victims). Our officers were able to rescue four victims, including one juvenile, in hopes to free them from the criminal activity and or human trafficking.
This operation was in coordination with many agencies throughout California on an effort to identify and rescue commercially, sexually exploited victims of human trafficking and to disrupt the demand of prostitution by targeting the men who seek to victimize other through either soliciting or requesting services of prostitution.
CHPD and the community of Citrus Heights does not tolerate human trafficking and will continue to detect, deter, and hold those accountable for their involvement in prostitution and victimizing our youth.
If you or someone you know needs help or you suspect human trafficking may be occurring, please contact the Citrus Heights Police Department to help us stop human trafficking and rescue those who are victimized.
The Citrus Heights Police Department’s Traffic unit is investigating an injury collision involving a motor vehicle and two pedestrians on Sunrise Boulevard.
At approximately 5:50pm, officers were dispatched to a collision between a vehicle and two pedestrians in the 8100 block of Sunrise Boulevard. Preliminary investigation revealed the two pedestrians, a male in his 60’s and a female in her 50’s, were crossing Sunrise Boulevard from the east to the west, outside of any crosswalk or controlled intersection. As the pedestrians were crossing the southbound lanes of Sunrise Boulevard, they were struck by a Prius sedan that was traveling southbound on Sunrise Boulevard. Upon arrival, CHPD officers located the male and female in the roadway with injures consistent with being struck by a vehicle. The driver of the Prius was contacted at the scene and is fully cooperating with the investigation.
Both pedestrians were immediately transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. The male pedestrian has died and the female pedestrian is listed in stable condition.
The cause of collision remains under investigation by the Citrus Heights Police Department’s Traffic Unit. It does not appear that alcohol nor speed were a factor in the Collison on the driver’s behalf. We encourage anyone who may have witnessed the collision, or provided aid to the two pedestrians, to contact the police department at (916) 727-5500.
The Citrus Heights Police Department would like to remind the community to use caution when crossing the roadway, and look for locations where the utilization of crosswalks and pedestrian signals will aid in the crossing the street safely.
On February 7, 2017, at 9:55 p.m. the CHP received a call of a wrong way driver going westbound in the eastbound lane of I-80 at Watt Ave. The driver was a female driving a dark Ford Mustang. CHP officers immediately began responding to the wrong way driver in an attempt to prevent a head on collision from happening. Shortly thereafter the Ford sideswiped a Chevrolet Impala near Raley Blvd. and continued going the wrong way on I-80.
As the Ford approached Northgate Blvd in the #1 lane it struck head on with a white Dodge Challenger driven by a male. The collision killed both drivers upon impact. A toxicology report is being taken by the Sacramento County Coroner to determine if alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in this collision.
The eastbound lanes of I-80 were closed for a little over 2 hours due to extraction and investigation and all traffic was diverted off to Northgate Blvd.
Any additional information about this news release should be directed to Officer Chad Hertzell who will be available at the CHP North Sacramento Area business phone number: (916) 348-2317, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On January 4, 2017 at approximately 11:27 a.m., Citrus Heights Police Officers responded to the 6600 block of Auburn Boulevard regarding a person stealing packages from the front porch of a nearby residence. Video surveillance showed a white adult male concealing two packages into a red bag he was carrying. The theft suspect left the scene prior to officer arrival and his identity was unknown at that time.
Citrus Heights Police Officers initiated an investigation into the theft and the identity of the suspect, including the use of community social media. Twenty-year-old Shawn Flemens of Sacramento was identified as the suspect and the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office issued a warrant for his arrest. A second suspect was also identified during the investigation as 25-year-old, David Whitley of Citrus Heights.
On January 21, 2017, Citrus Heights Police officer located Whitley during the execution of the arrest warrant. Flemens had fled prior to officer arrival, but was located approximately 30 minutes later during an area search. Both men were arrested for their warrants and transported to the Sacramento County Main Jail.
The Citrus Heights Police Department appreciates our community partnership and their interactive involvement in helping to solve crime. The video surveillance images provided by neighbors in the victim’s neighborhood were instrumental in allowing our officers to identify the suspects. With the continued reduction in cost of video surveillance equipment, CHPD appreciates all those residents who have invested in a home surveillance system. Our ability to identify and solve crime with the community’s assistance is greatly enhanced with this technology.
Firefighters are suited up and ready for this year’s Firefighters “Fill the Boot for Burns” Boot Drive to be held in Citrus Heights February 9 to12. Firefighters from many fire departments serving Sacramento and surrounding communities will spend their day shaking their boots and volunteering their time to collect donations at the intersections of Sunrise Blvd. and Greenback Lane in Citrus Heights. Donations will support the Firefighters Burn Institute (FFBI) and assure the best possible burn treatment and recovery programs are available in Northern and Central California.
FFBI founded in 1973 by Sacramento Area Fire Fighters Local 522, has grown into the area’s largest firefighter-run charity. It helped establish the first burn unit in Sacramento in 1974 and continues to donate medical equipment, fund burn research and provide free burn recovery programs, including two annual summer camps for young burn survivors.
The Firefighters Kids Camp, held each summer for kids ages 7 to 17 years old and the Little Heroes Preschool Burn Camp for children ages 3 to 6. These camps provide burn survivor children a safe place to be just like everyone else and a positive environment to overcome challenges and achieve goals. Camp provides an opportunity for kids who have experienced terrible circumstances to see a future filled with endless possibilities.
Donations collected during annual Boot Drives have also made it possible for FFBI to pledge two million dollars toward the construction of the new FFBI Regional Burn Center at UC Davis Medical Center. The new 7,900 square foot, 12-bed burn unit now provides comprehensive care with the most technologically advanced treatment options available to burn patients throughout inland northern California, northwest Nevada and southern Oregon.
The Boot Drive is open to the public and will include a free Safety Fair on Saturday, February 11 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. The Safety Fair will include fire department displays, helicopter landings, vehicle extrication demonstrations and endless fun activities for the kids. It will be held in the Sunrise Mall parking lot, weather permitting.
Please come out and show your support and help our Firefighters “Fill the Boot for Burns”! For additional information please contact the Firefighters Burn Institute at (916) 739-8525 or visit their website at www.ffburn.org.