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Man arrested in nearby Rocklin after early morning encounter

Law enforcement officials would probably tell our Roseville readers that certain crimes are linked to social problems. For instances, when asked about the disproportionate arrest rates of African-Americans in our country, the authorities usually cite poverty as a driver of the alleged crimes that are committed. Another common factor is often drug abuse, which can drive some people to commit property crimes, like burglary or theft, in order to obtain items they can then sell to support a drug habit. Sometimes a variety of charges are interlinked.

That was the implication from law enforcement officials after an arrest on October 17. According to the reports, a 46-year-old man from Sacramento was arrested by the Rocklin Police Department after an early morning contact behind some local businesses. The reports indicate that the man was near a suspicious vehicle at around 2:00 a.m. in the morning, and when he was approached by officers the man ran. He was subsequently apprehended.

As a result of the arrest, the police officer apparently decided to search the surrounding area, where they allegedly discovered a broken window at one of the area businesses. A search of the man's car reportedly revealed tools commonly associated with burglaries, as well as drug paraphernalia. He was being held on a $45,000 bail for the burglary and drug charges.

There is no question that there are many different motivating factors that could lead a person to decide to commit a crime. However, the burden on the police and prosecutors is to show that a person committed a crime - proving that fact beyond a reasonable doubt. Simply showing the existence of ancillary factors that may have prompted a person to commit a crime is not sufficient.

Source: Rocklin and Roseville Today, "Rocklin Police Arrest Man on Burglary and Drug Charges," Oct. 17. 2013

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