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Grass Valley man arrested five times in two weeks

A Grass Valley man was arrested five times in less than two weeks, most recently twice in one day.

Keeth Robert Curtis, 22, currently is in custody in Nevada County jail in lieu of $103,500 bail, most of which is due to him reportedly committing a felony while on bail for his earlier arrests.

Curtis had racked up six misdemeanor cases last year, mostly on burglary, petty theft and drug paraphernalia charges.

His most recent brushes with law began on April 1, after Grass Valley Police officers responded to a shoplifting report at a gas station at about 2:30 a.m.

Curtis was located in the area and matched the description of the suspect, said Sgt. Clint Bates. A surveillance video reportedly showed Curtis stealing several items, including energy drinks, candy and a lighter.

Curtis reportedly had syringes on his person when he was searched. He was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting, possessing stolen property and possessing drug paraphernalia, and was booked and released on $2,500 bail.

He was back in custody the very next day, after he reportedly stole two instruments from a local music store. Foggy Mountain Music called to report the theft of a Gibson guitar and a flute, and witness information led officers to Curtis, Bates said.

Curtis was located and had the guitar; he reportedly had just sold the flute to a local store. Both items were recovered, Bates said.

During a search, Curtis reportedly had syringes on his person, as well as other drug paraphernalia. He was booked on burglary and possession of stolen property charges, and was released on $10,000 bail.

On April 10, police officers responded to the 1400 block of Segsworth Way after receiving a call that Curtis — who was barred from the property — was visiting an apartment there.

Curtis locked himself in the bathroom, but was found hiding behind the door after entry was forced, Bates said. He was arrested on suspicion of trespassing, resisting arrest and possessing drug paraphernalia, and released on $2,500 bail.

On Saturday, Curtis ended up getting charged with two separate incidents of theft.

A convalescent hospital in the 100 block of Dorsey Drive called police in the morning to report that a man had been seen exiting from the women’s locker room. The man apparently had gone through several lockers and purses, stealing about $500 in cash and jewelry.

A surveillance video identified the suspect as Curtis, Bates said. A few hours later, a friend of one of the victims — who had seen the video — reportedly recognized Curtis outside a gas station on Bennett and East Main streets, and detained him until police could arrive.

Curtis reportedly had several of the stolen items on him, as well as drug paraphernalia and a small amount of methamphetamine. He was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary, possessing stolen property, committing a felony while on bail, and possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

While he was in custody, an employee of a Grass Valley pharmacy in the 700 block of Sutton Way called to report a shoplifter from the day prior. Surveillance video revealed it was Curtis, Bates said, and the stolen items from that incident were found in his backpack.

New charges of second-degree burglary, possession of stolen property and committing a felony while on bail were added.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4229.


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