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Posted on: July 14, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Auto Theft Specialist

Nick Olson - auto theft officer

Did you know that most cars stolen in Roseville are either running with the keys in the ignition or have the spare key left inside the vehicle? Roseville Police Department’s (RPD) newest Auto Theft Specialist does.

RPD recently named Officer Nick Olson to an Auto Theft Officer position. The new position will focus on crimes like motor vehicle theft, theft from auto, and catalytic converter thefts; all crimes that have increased in Roseville and throughout the metro in recent years.

The position is funded through a two-year grant from the Minnesota Department of Commerce. In addition to the investigator position, the RPD received $64,000 to purchase specialized equipment to address auto theft related crimes.

Officer Olson, a 23-year veteran of the Roseville police force, brings a wealth of experience to this role.

“It is rare to stop a motor vehicle theft in progress. Thieves don’t want to be seen and honestly, don’t have to work too hard to steal a car,” said Olson. “It is much more likely that we arrest car thieves during a traffic stop. By simply removing keys from unoccupied vehicles, we could significantly reduce those numbers,” he added.

Officer Olson and officers on the Community Action Team (CAT) are available to discuss auto safety and other topics about keeping your neighborhood safe. Residents can contact him at to request a meeting.

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