Roseville Police: Armed robbery suspect was also allegedly selling narcotics, manufacturing ghost guns
Above: Items confiscated during investigation | Roseville PD
Roseville police have announced the arrest of a suspect in connection to a recent armed robbery at a local department store.
Officers began investigating an alleged armed robbery that took place on the evening of Sunday, March 6, on the 1400 block of Lead Hill Boulevard. A suspect had entered a department store, displayed a note demanding money, and brandished a firearm, then fled after being given an undisclosed amount of money, police said.
The following day, investigators identified 45-year-old James Sawyers of Citrus Heights as the primary suspect, after finding the suspect vehicle unoccupied along Harding Boulevard. After seeing Sawyers, who matched the description of the suspect, approach the car, investigators moved in and made the arrest.
Investigators then searched Sawyers’ vehicle and reportedly discovered large amounts of heroin and meth packaged for sale, cash, gun assembly tools, and evidence linking him to the robbery. Investigators later served a search warrant at the nearby hotel they determined Sawyers was staying at, and further discovered a loaded ghost gun, more meth packaged for sale, and more ghost gun assembly kits, police said. Investigators also believe Sawyers may be responsible for two prior unsolved burglaries in Citrus Heights.
Sawyers was ultimately booked on suspicion of robbery, drug sales, and weapons violations, among other charges.