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Police: Black Lives Matter signs damaged in Roseville, dead raccoons left nearby

Roseville PD are also investigating a couple for bias-motivated crimes.
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Police in Roseville are seeking to identify a suspect wanted for damaging or stealing Black Lives Matter signs from lawns, and leaving dead raccoons near to properties.

Roseville Police Department has issued an appeal for information after a number of incidents were reported near the 1900 block of County Road B over the past month.

"Each reported incident involved criminal activity targeting a resident’s Black Lives Matter and other social justice signs," Roseville PD says.

"In addition to reports of damaged and stolen signs, there have been four separate reports of dead raccoons placed nearby."

The most recent of the reports came last Sunday, July 12, which involved a "dead raccoon nailed to a utility post near the signs on County Road B."

The string of crimes is being investigated by police as "bias-motivated."

Police are also trying to identify a couple – pictured above and below – who stole BLM signs on the evening of June 19, driving a black Dodge pickup truck that appears to have an exercise machine in its bed.

Police did not say if this couple is also responsible for the other incidents of sign damage and animal cruelty. 

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The department did announce that a 55-year-old man was arrested in a separate incident on June 25 and is facing misdemeanor criminal damage to property charges after admitting he damaged a BLM sign because he "found it offensive."

"The Roseville Police Department is proud to serve a community that displays an immense passion for social justice," the department says.

"We will not tolerate crimes motivated by bias or hate. As the police department continues its investigation, we are committed to seeking justice and preventing any further trauma to our community."

Anyone with information can call 651-792-7008, or submit a tip here.

Note: Details provided in this story are based on the police's latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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