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Police searching for armed robber

Car theft arrest not connected to robbery, detective says
By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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A Sacramento woman is still in jail after a car theft, and police are searching for her male associate, who is considered a suspect in an Auburn rental car company knifepoint robbery. A black adult male in his late teens or early 20’s held an Auburn Enterprise Rent-a-Car employee at knifepoint Thursday, demanding cash, according to Detective Scott Alford, of the Auburn Police Department. Auburn Detective Adam Cline said the man took more than $500 from the employee and fled. Alford said the employee recognized the man, because he had come into the office with one of the company’s customers, Sacramento resident Jeanie Amanda Sutkowski, 32. Cline said he couldn’t comment on why Sutkowski came to Auburn to rent a car or if she knows any of the employees at the rental agency. Sutkowski previously rented a Dodge Charger, and didn’t return it to the agency. “They have certain policies,” Cline said. “They give you a grace period and then they send out letters and (they have) other ways to contact you. And if you keep driving the car anyway, it becomes embezzled/stolen.” Auburn police arrested Sutkowski in Sacramento a few hours after the robbery. She was booked into Placer County Jail on charges of vehicle theft and being under the influence of a controlled substance. Sutkowski was also arrested for a Placer County traffic violation warrant, Cline said. Cline said Auburn police don’t believe Sutkowski has anything to do with the robbery, and that the man chose to rob the agency because he knew of it from his past visit with Sutkowski. “We believe he has been there before and just was an associate of hers,” Cline said. “That’s how he knew of the place.” The police department is still actively searching for the man, and Cline said he expects to have a name available later this week. The man is approximately 5-foot-7. He is slim, clean-shaven and has short hair. He was last seen wearing gray sweatpants, a black hooded sweatshirt and gloves, Alford said. Anyone with information about the robbery is encouraged to call the Auburn Police Department at (530) 823-4237. As of Monday afternoon, Sutkowski was in custody in Placer County Jail and was ineligible for bail. Reach Bridget Jones at bridgetj@goldcountrymedia.com