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June 8, 2013
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Grass Valley man arrested three times in one week

Within one week, a Grass Valley man has been arrested for his alleged involvement in three separate theft-related incidents, two of them shortly after his release from jail.

Brandon Michael Sinnock, 24, was most recently arrested Thursday after allegedly breaking into his father’s home on the 19000 block of Highway 174 and stealing multiple items from him, according to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.

Part of those allegations include Sinnock’s theft of a chain saw, a television, $1,500 in cash from a safe, as well as keys to his father’s truck, which he also reportedly drove without permission.

For his most recent alleged incident, Sinnock faces two felony charges, one for first degree burglary and another for committing a felony while on bail. The last charge was added because he posted $11,000 bail June 1 after his May 31 arrest on suspicion of second-degree burglary, possession of stolen property — including three firearms — and drug paraphernalia.

In both incidents, Sinnock was charged with committing a felony while on bail. The first time it carried a $10,000 bail charge with it; however, the most recent charge is 10 times that amount — $100,000 bail.

“It makes it more difficult for him to get out and commit another crime,” said Sheriff Keith Royal.

And, one week prior to his most recent arrest, Grass Valley police officers were dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of Conaway Avenue at about 8:20 a.m., May 30, as family members reported they believed Sinnock — who was no longer welcome at the residence — had broken into the house, coming in through a window, and was sleeping in a locked bedroom. He was allegedly found asleep on the floor with pills and needles, as well as a cell phone and a wallet allegedly stolen from unlocked vehicles.

“Don’t ask me how he keeps getting out,” Royal said. “All we do is put him in there.”

Court records show 11 separate misdemeanor cases filed against Sinnock dating back to 2007. Royal said Sinnock has had seven arrests in the last year alone.

The most recent prior case charged him with petty theft for a May 9 arrest. He also was arrested in March on suspicion of petty theft, being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, and in February for possessing drug paraphernalia.

In October 2012, Sinnock was arrested twice in the same day, allegedly for trying, to and eventually succeeding in, stealing items from parked vehicles.

“The agencies are having trouble keeping up with him,” said District Attorney Cliff Newell.

Sinnock is just one of a litany of low-level offenders ­— many involving burglaries — who are never particularly violent and whose crimes are usually drug-related crimes of opportunity, Newell said. His current $100,000 bail “will keep him in custody for a while,” Newell said. He was still in custody at the Nevada County jail Friday afternoon in lieu of bail, according to its website.

In addition to the burglary charges, Sinnock faces two misdemeanor charges of trespassing and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

“It appears to be drug addiction that is driving his criminality,” Newell said.

In the past, Newell said, this level of repeat offender might have been carted off to state prison. But in the fallout of AB 109, the state’s prison realignment program that was implemented just a year and half ago to reduce overcrowding in California’s prison system, Newell said that tool has been taken away.

“It has complicated the criminal justice system and law enforcement-end of prosecution,” Newell said.

But it’s not all bad, Newell said, as AB 109 forces agencies to consider sentencing options, such as increased supervision, in an attempt to break the cycle of sending people back to prison when they repeat offenses.

“It is potentially good thing if all the theories work,” Newell said. “Everyone is just getting up to speed.”

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email or call 530-477-4236.

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