A man on a vandalism spree caused more than $10,000 in damage to a number of Grass Valley businesses Sunday morning.
The first alarm call came in just before 6:30 a.m. at Cigarette City in the 1100 block of East Main Street; the caller also reported hearing windows being broken.
The man broke a number of windows at the business, using a “big stone,” said manager Tahil Gill. Gill estimated the damage to the store at a couple of thousand dollars.
According to Gill, surveillance video captured the suspect vandalizing the store, as well as a neighboring tax business, by throwing rocks through a plate glass door.
The suspect, identified as David Paul Bledsoe, 24, broke windows at a “plethora” of buildings, said Grass Valley Police Sgt. Joe Matteoni.
In all, police officers took seven separate reports, Matteoni said. Affected businesses included a chiropractor in the 1200 block of East Main Street, a shoe store and an office building in the 100 block of East Main Street, a hair salon in the 200 block of Mill Street and a restaurant in the 100 block of South Auburn Street.
Bledsoe was located a few hours later in the parking lot of a motel in the 1200 block of East Main Street and was arrested on suspicion of vandalism. He was being held in county jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
Bledsoe had pleaded no contest to felony assault after repeatedly stabbing his older brother in February 2009. He originally was committed to a state mental hospital, but then found to be competent. The prosecution agreed to remove an enhancement of great bodily injury from the felony assault charge at the request of his brother. He was sentenced to one year in jail and five years probation; he also was to participate in mental health counseling and comply with an order to take prescription medications.
Since then, he has had a number of arrests, most notably in September 2011 for allegedly refusing to drop a knife during a confrontation with a Nevada City police officer. Since then, he has several criminal cases for public intoxication, resisting arrest and drug possession, most recently in February.
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