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September 21, 2012
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3 arrested in Grass Valley auto body shop burglary


Three suspects were quickly arrested after a commercial burglary in Grass Valley — apparently at a residence directly across the street from the scene of the alleged crime.

Grass Valley Police officers responded to a report of a commercial break-in at an auto body shop in the 100 block of Stewart Street Thursday morning, said Capt. Rex Marks.

The suspects had scaled a fence and stolen items, including tools, equipment and stereos out of vehicles, Marks said.

“We tied (that burglary) to several recent incidents in which we had suspects,” he said.

Officers contacted three people at a residence across the street, where they allegedly located the property stolen from the body shop.

Eric Lester, 31, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary and possession of stolen property. Devon Howell, 24, was arrested on suspicion of having outstanding warrants and violating probation.

Thomas Bailes, 31, was arrested on suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia and violating probation.

Bail information was not immediately available.

“We recovered all of the property from the (burglary),” Marks said. “We are continuing to investigate their connection to other burglaries.”

Anyone with information is urged to call the police department at (530) 477-4600.

Second fugitive arrested

The same day that Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies apprehended Brice Peeler, a 29-year-old Nevada County man deemed to be “armed and dangerous,” Grass Valley Police officers arrested another fugitive from justice Wednesday.

An officer allegedly recognized Andrew Cicogni, 36, who was wanted for failing to appear in court.

Cicogni had been arrested in June after leading authorities on a chase and initially eluding his pursuers. He eventually was caught and allegedly refused to come out of the vehicle, forcing officers to break a window and pull him out.

In the most recent incident, the officer pulled Cicogni over and arrested him without incident, according to Marks.

He was booked into county jail on a failure-to-appear warrant, as well as on suspicion of transporting a controlled substance for sale, possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia and committing a felony while on bail. He was being held in lieu of $46,000 bail.

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


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