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December 4, 2013
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Witness ID leads to arrest of two in vehicle break-ins

Two men were arrested Wednesday morning after a resident leaving early for work reportedly saw them getting out of vehicles and then fleeing the scene.

The man called 911 to report the suspected burglars in the 300 block of Colfax Avenue just after 4 a.m.

He was able to give Grass Valley Police officers a description of the two men, who had been last seen walking toward Bennett Street, said Sgt. Joe Matteoni.

Officers spotted the duo running toward Richardson Street and detained them; they were subsequently positively identified by the witness, Matteoni said.

The two men — identified as Keith Alexander Rushing, 20, and Jason Dean Vogt, 33 — reportedly had property on them, which was recovered and booked into evidence.

Matteoni said it was not clear whether the items were stolen and that an investigation was continuing.

Rushing was arrested on suspicion of tampering with a vehicle, loitering, criminal conspiracy and violating probation.

He was being held in county jail without bail.

Vogt was booked into county jail on suspicion of tampering with a vehicle, loitering, criminal conspiracy and two misdemeanor warrants and was being held in lieu of $17,595 bail.

Rushing has been arrested multiple times by Grass Valley Police for breaking into vehicles, Matteoni noted.

In December of last year, he reportedly was spotted trying to break into a vehicle in Grass Valley and was linked to a number of similar burglaries in the area.

A woman living in an apartment complex in the 500 block of Whiting Street called 911 at about 12:30 a.m. to report that a man just tried to break into her vehicle but was scared off by the alarm and ran.

She said he also had been in the neighbor’s car, according to dispatch reports. Officers did an area check and reportedly saw the suspect leaning into a vehicle while using a flashlight.

Court records show four misdemeanor and four felony cases involving Rushing since September 2012; the most recent case was a petty theft conviction in April.

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

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