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May 23, 2013
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Alleged bike thieves run out of gas, then run out of luck

Two men who allegedly absconded with a pair of mountain bikes were arrested after apparently being the victims of their own poor planning.

A witness to the theft called Grass Valley Police at about 3:22 p.m. Tuesday to report that two men had stolen two mountain bikes off the porch of an apartment on Sutton Way, said Sgt. Steve Johnson. The witness said they drove away in a white Toyota Tacoma pickup and was able to provide a license plate number.

As police officers were en route, a second caller reported seeing suspicious activity involving a white Toyota Tacoma pickup on Highway 49 and La Barr Meadows Road.

“The truck was stopped on the highway, and two men were frantically trying to get it started,” Johnson said.

Grass Valley Police officers and a Nevada County sheriff’s deputy responded to the scene and found two men with two women with the truck and the two bikes in the bed of the pickup.

“In their hurry, they had forgotten to make sure their getaway vehicle had enough gas,” Johnson said.

Kalen Drake Turner, 22, and Dale Devane Oakes, 30, were detained on suspicion of theft. The two women were not involved, Johnson said.

While officers were searching Turner, they allegedly located prescription medication that did not belong to him, as well as drug paraphernalia and needles. Oakes allegedly was found with drug paraphernalia, including several needles.

The bikes were returned to the owner. A chainsaw and a weed trimmer also were found in the truck, which are suspected to have been stolen.

Turner was arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen property, possessing a controlled substance and possessing drug paraphernalia. He was booked into the county jail and released on $11,000 bail.

Oakes was booked into the county jail on suspicion of possessing stolen property and drug paraphernalia, as well as an outstanding warrant. He was being held in lieu of $16,000 bail.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail or call 530-477-4229.

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