A Grass Valley man who was caught in the act of burglarizing a business tried to flee but was chased down and tackled by the business owner and several good Samaritans, said Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal.
Deputies, responding to a 911 call at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 13000 block of Grass Valley Avenue, arrived to find the suspect pinned face-down on the ground on neighboring Charles Drive, Royal said.
The business owner told deputies he arrived at work at about 7 a.m. and noticed the front door had been pried open.
“He grabbed a car jack and went inside,” Royal said, yelling that anyone inside should come out.
The victim told deputies he saw the suspect, identified as Jason Michael Beatrez, trying to get out the back of the building and threw the car jack at him, hitting him.
Beatrez apparently fled by breaking through a fiberglass wall, but the owner gave chase, along with several other people from surrounding businesses, Royal said.
The suspect eventually was tackled and forced to the ground but not before one of the people chasing him broke his ankle, Royal added.
In his attempt to escape, Beatrez allegedly damaged the paint job on a 1957 Porsche Speedster, causing approximately $30,000 in damage.
Several bags of tools stolen from the business, worth about $3,500, were recovered, Royal said.
Beatrez was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary, battery, burglary and violating probation. He was being held without bail.
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