ROCKLIN, Calif. -- A cooperative effort between Rocklin police officers and a Carl's Jr. manager led to the capture of three adults and one youth suspected of stealing items out of cars Saturday night.
Between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday, the Rocklin Police Dept. received four reports of vehicle break-ins in the are a of the Blue Oaks Town Center and Staybridge Suites parking lots, said Sgt. Scott Horrillo.
According to Horrillo, individuals had smashed the windows of the vehicles then taken GPS units, wallets and other items from inside.
One of the victims learned her credit card had been fraudulently charged $120 at a nearby Carl's Jr. within minutes of reporting the theft and notified police.
Officers contacted the restaurant manager who remembered a large drive-through order paid for by credit card. The manager obtained the license plate number from the vehicle, a 1994 Buick, and described the occupants to police, said Horrillo.
The manager also suggested one of the individuals in the car was a local high school student who may have posted pictures of the transaction on Instagram, Horrillo said.
Officers later located the photos on Instagram, and learned the individuals planned to return to Rocklin Sunday night.
At approximately 9 p.m. Sunday, an officer spotted the vehicle from the drive-through pull into a Walgreen's parking lot at Park Dr. and Sunset Blvd. Officers made contact with the occupants and arrested Tavion Spignor, 19, Leroy Jackson, 25, Malek Morgan, 20, all of Sacramento, and an unnamed juvenile.
All four were arrested and booked for uto burglary, conspiracy, possession of stolen property and unauthorized use of personal identification.