ROSEVILLE, CA - Roseville police say the man they're looking for in connection with the theft of half a dozen cars from a rental car lot on North Sunrise Avenue is known to be violent toward police.
Law enforcement is looking for parolee-at-large Gary Lee Fowler and know he has been staying near Saugstad Park, said police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther.
Fowler has been identified as the second suspect in the Sunday car theft, according to police.
The crime was noticed when a person reported seeing the rental car lot's lock box for keys broken at 8:06 p.m. Sunday, Gunther said. Rental car employees were called and confirmed to responding police officers that six rental vehicles were missing from the lot.
Officers and regional Placer County auto task force detectives fanned out and reported locating five of the stolen cars in nearby parking lots. They also found a 31-year-old Citrus Heights woman near one of the stolen vehicles, questioned her and arrested her on suspicion of vehicle theft, possession of methamphetamine and other charges. Her name was not released.
Detectives determined the woman did not act alone and from their investigation, identified the 43-year-old Fowler as playing a part in the thefts, Gunther said.
Tuesday evening, in the area of Loretto Way and Quail Circle in Roseville, police found the last stolen vehicle being driven by a man and began following it. Gunther said the driver, believed to be Fowler, led officers on a short pursuit which culminated on King Road, on the east side of Saugstad Park, when he dumped the vehicle and fled. Gunther said officers from numerous agencies searched for the driver without success.
Fowler was described as white, 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds. He has blond hair (his head is shaved currently), green eyes and heavily tattooed legs. Police believe Fowler may have a handgun and warn anyone who sees him to not approach him and instead call 911 immediately.