Cops nab burglar

By: Brandon Darnell, News Messenger Reporter
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Roger Haka was surprised to come home Thursday and find his front yard full of police and sheriff’s cars and an ambulance. “I thought, ‘Holy cow. What happened?’ ” Haka said. Haka’s house, on Neighbor Lane near Nicolas Road and Aviation Boulevard, was set up as a command post while officers and deputies searched for a burglary suspect. According to Sgt. Bill Walton of the Placer County Sheriff’s Department, the suspect – 46-year-old Haywood Luster of Roseville – was allegedly in the process of burglarizing an office at Marybelle Farms off Nicolaus Road when the owner arrived, found him and chased him off. Luster fled into a nearby creek and deputies, with the assistance of the Lincoln Police Department, set up a perimeter while a CHP aircraft circled overhead. Deputies and police then searched the creek with the aid of K9 units and help from neighbors. That help from neighbors - in the form of tips - proved crucial, according to Walton. “It’s the only way any of this would have been done,” Walton said. Luster was "very slow to comply," but eventually surrendered, Walton said. The victim made a positive identification on the scene. After the suspect was treated for a cut on his forehead, deputies headed for the Placer County Jail, where he was booked for second-degree burglary, Walton said, adding that charges relating to evading officers will likely be filed as well. Luster is also in the process of being medically checked out. In all, about 15 officers participated in the search, according to Walton. The search lasted approximately two hours. Brandon Darnell can be reached by e-mail at