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Citrus Heights police chief pulls prank on department for April Fools’ Day

Screenshots from a video posted by the Citrus Heights Police Department shows a prank pulled by Chief Ron Lawrence.

Updated 8:46 a.m., April 3–
Sentinel staff report– Police Department staff in Citrus Heights opened up an unexpected surprise Thursday involving a box of what appeared to be Krispy Kreme donuts left in the break room by Chief Ron Lawrence.

The department posted a short video about the prank on social media, revealing the box had been stuffed with orange Cuties fruit instead of donuts. A hand-written message inside the box said “Happy April 1st, from Chief Lawrence,” along with “enjoy!”

A second box left on the table apparently held a dozen donuts, however, as the video shows another open box with the sweet treats and the message: “I’m not entirely cruel.”

“Our Chief #pranked us today by leaving these imposters in the break room,” the department said in a post accompanying the video. “Can you guess which box was empty first?”

Lawrence told The Sentinel in an email Friday that April 1st was a “fun milestone” for him, marking his 10th year serving as a police chief. He has served as police chief in Citrus Heights since 2016, and previously headed Rocklin’s police department.

“Our police staff are ordinary people who do extraordinary jobs. Like most everyone else in the world, they appreciate a little levity from time to time,” Lawrence said, regarding his April 1 prank. “Having an appropriate and healthy sense of humor balances out the difficult work they perform.”

The seven-second prank video quickly received over 500 views on Twitter, along with more than 150 “likes” on Facebook.

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