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November 5, 2013
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Alleged vehicle thief reportedly stopped in stolen car

A man wanted in connection with the theft of a truck that sparked a chase through Nevada County Thursday morning was arrested Sunday — in a vehicle that had been reported stolen.

Nathan Mathew Gilbert, 30, of Grass Valley was being sought for allegedly stealing a truck Wednesday and evading law enforcement.

But his time on the lam came to an end Sunday afternoon, after he was seen in a red Mustang that he allegedly stole earlier that day.

Grass Valley Police officers began looking for Gilbert after a witness called them at 2:21 p.m. to report seeing him in the Mustang near South Auburn and Neal streets, according to dispatch reports.

The vehicle itself, with a missing front license plate, was not reported stolen until just after 4 p.m. by a woman in the 13000 block of Squirrel Creek Road.

A police officer patrolling the area of Dorsey and Celesta drives spotted the vehicle with two people inside at about 5:15 p.m., said Sgt. Joe Matteoni.

The Mustang pulled into a driveway in the 800 block of Doris Drive and the officer pulled in behind them, detaining both occupants.

The female driver reportedly gave a false name and did not have a driver’s license, Matteoni said. She was eventually identified as Evette Marie Valenzuela, 25, and was booked into county jail on suspicion of vehicle theft, driving without a license and providing a false ID. She was being held in lieu of $10,360 bail.

Gilbert was booked on suspicion of vehicle theft and violating post-release community supervision. He was being held without bail.

Gilbert allegedly had stolen a truck the previous Wednesday from a residence in the 14000 block of Auburn Road.

The owner’s wife reportedly saw the truck Thursday and began following Gilbert, who pulled off the road, crashing the truck into a Conex box and fleeing the scene.

In March, Gilbert allegedly broke into a residence on the 13000 block of Empress Road while a woman was home. He was charged with misdemeanor prowling in that incident and sentenced to 45 days.

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