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January 2, 2014
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Duo arrested for alleged vehicle theft

Two Nevada County men remained in the county jail over New Year’s and through Thursday on charges stemming from an alleged theft of a vehicle — an arrest that reportedly involved some angry women without rides.

James Zinola, 23, and Joseph E. Henry, 23, were reportedly spotted getting into a known stolen vehicle outside an auto parts store in the 100 block of Idaho Maryland Road on Dec. 31, according to Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal.

Sheriff’s deputies followed the vehicle and initiated a stop on the 500 block of East Main Street, Royal said.

During the arrest, Henry, a Nevada City resident, allegedly admitted to being in possession of drug paraphernalia.

Zinola, a Grass Valley resident, was allegedly combative and spit at deputies, but Royal said that wasn’t all that happened.

Two women who the men had a given ride earlier and reportedly had promised to return to pick up, walked by during the arrest and began to curse and ridicule Henry and Zinola, Royal said.

“It’s safe to say they didn’t get another ride in that car,” Royal said.

Zinola, who listed his occupation as a tree serviceman, was booked on a felony vehicle theft, at least one felony probation violation and a misdemeanor driving on a suspended licence, according to the jail’s booking logs, and remained in custody in lieu of $11,176 bail as of press time Thursday.

This isn’t Zinola’s first reported crime, nor his first alleged vehicular theft.

In May, he was arrested in connection to a vehicle theft and had been arrested more than six times in the six months prior.

He was previously arrested Feb. 26 for suspicion of being in possession of stolen property after a woman in the 200 block of Joerschke Drive called Grass Valley police to report that someone had stolen her son’s mountain bike.

Henry, who listed his occupation as an assistant to the elderly, was booked on a felony vehicle theft charge and misdemeanor possession of controlled substance paraphernalia and remained in custody in lieu of $11,000 as of press time Thursday.

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

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