A man described by law enforcement authorities as a local transient was arrested after allegedly stealing $700 from an acquaintance.
The victim called 911 at about 8 a.m. Sunday to report the theft at a residence in the 13000 block of Banner Lava Cap Road.
The man, who was not identified, told Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies he had been in his room packing up his belongings to move out when his wallet fell out of his back pocket.
He said he did not bother picking it up off the floor immediately since he was alone in the room, said Undersheriff Joe Salivar.
The man said he turned around at some point, however, and saw Nathaniel Opondo Hubbert putting the wallet back on the floor.
The victim reportedly confronted Hubbert, who denied taking anything from the wallet.
The deputy who responded asked Hubbert if he could search him, and Hubbert agreed, Salivar said.
During a pat-down, the deputy allegedly found a ziplock baggie in Hubbert’s coat pocket that contained drug paraphernalia, including a spoon, a hypodermic and cotton balls stained with blood.
One of the cotton balls later tested positive for methamphetamine, Salivar said.
Hubbert was taken into custody on suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia and transported to the county jail for booking.
At the jail, a search reportedly uncovered the victim’s missing money — $700 — in Hubbert’s underwear.
Hubbert had a felony warrant, Salivar said. He also was found to be out of compliance with registering as a sex offender and was not wearing a required electronic monitoring device, Salivar said.
Hubbert had been arrested by federal marshals in January of this year for failing to register; at the time, he reportedly had approximately 8 grams of meth and pleaded no contest to selling a controlled substance. He was arrested again in May on drug charges and in October on suspicion of resisting arrest; he failed to appear for his most recent court date Nov. 25.
According to Salivar, because Hubbert is listed as a transient, he must update his sex offender registration information every 30 days; he has been out of compliance since his last arrest.
Hubbert — who listed his occupation as a “janitor for Rocket Science Inc.” — was booked into county jail on suspicion of second-degree burglary, possessing drug paraphernalia, being in possession of stolen property, violating parole and probation and failing to register as a sex offender, as well as the warrant. He was being held without bail.
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