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December 5, 2013
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Release denied for suspected car burglars


A Nevada County judge denied a request by the attorneys for two suspects in a vehicle break-in to be released on their own recognizance Thursday.

Brad Lee Pinneo, 34, and Christopher Robert Wilson, 25, were arrested Monday after the victim of the break-in spotted them leaving the store where they reportedly had disposed of many of the stolen items.

The burglars made off with about 30 Frisbee golf discs in bags worth an estimated $500 and reportedly were paid less than $50.

After being confronted by the victim, Wilson reportedly pulled a folding knife with the blade exposed and pointed it at him before fleeing. But the two men were spotted just a few hours later by the victim and subsequently arrested by Grass Valley Police officers.

Both men were charged with second-degree burglary and possession of stolen property, and Wilson faces an additional charge of exhibiting a deadly weapon.

The duo were in Nevada County Superior Court Thursday afternoon and pleaded not guilty.

Wilson’s attorney, Jennifer Walters, told the judge he has a baby on the way, while Pinneo’s public defender, Micah Pierce, noted he was awaiting surgery on his hand.

Deputy District Attorney Jim Phillips countered by noting both men’s multiple prior convictions.

Judge Candace Heidelberger denied the request to release the men on their own recognizance, but did lower Wilson’s bail to match that of Pinneo, at $10,000 each.

Both men will return to court on Dec. 12.

In other court news:

— A preliminary hearing was set into the evidence against a man who eluded multiple law enforcement agencies during an intensive manhunt Aug. 6 — and who then was arrested two days later after he allegedly broke into a Grass Valley business.

Allan Pollock, a 25-year-old Rocklin native, was arrested in connection with the burglary at Hills Flat Lumber; he also allegedly had been linked to a number of other incidents, including a burglary at the Food Bank and the theft of its truck.

The pursuit on Aug. 6 started with a smash-and-grab robbery at the Empire Mine State Historic Park when money was taken from a donation box. The man fled, and the pursuing agencies expanded to include a California Highway Patrol helicopter, a K-9 unit from Placer County, state parks rangers, Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies and Nevada City Police officers. Despite a nearly four-hour manhunt, the suspect evaded capture.

Pollock was in court Thursday and the evidentiary hearing was set for Jan. 23; a felony conference was set for Jan. 16.

— The preliminary hearing for two men accused of bear poaching was set for Dec 26.

Jason Scott Wilkison, 43, of Grass Valley, and Christopher Art Nunley, 54, of North San Juan, have been charged with misdemeanor counts of unlawful possession of a bear and unlawfully killing a bear, as well as felony charges involving the unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.


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