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May 1, 2014
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Grass Valley taxi drivers help nab theft suspect

Two taxi drivers suspicious of a man loitering near a Grass Valley business helped Grass Valley police officers nab the suspect in a recent vehicle break-in — a man who had been arrested on Grass Valley seven times in the last year.

One of taxi drivers was at Maltman and Olympia Park drives at about 3 a.m. Wednesday when he saw a man standing in front of a business with something raised above his head, said Grass Valley Police Officer Brian Blakemore.

“He looked as if he was going to smash the window,” Blakemore said.

The man reportedly fled when confronted.

The driver called another driver and the two stayed in the area for about a half an hour, Blakemore said.

As one of the drivers was leaving, she reportedly saw the man again, but he fled for the second time as she exited her taxi.

An officer responded and located the man, identified as Sean Ryan Taylor, 18. Taylor was positively identified by the taxi driver and arrested on suspicion of prowling.

Taylor had a survival knife on his person that had been taken in a vehicle burglary in downtown Grass Valley the night before, Blakemore said.

The knife was identified by the victim and Taylor reportedly confessed to the burglary.

He was booked into county jail on suspicion of carrying a concealed dagger, loitering, possessing stolen property and petty theft and was being held in lieu of $10,750 bail.

Grass Valley Police officers have had multiple contacts with Taylor, Blakemore said, adding they have arrested him seven times in the last year — most recently on April 14 on suspicion of prowling.

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