Grass Valley police link pair to burglary, over $10K in stolen tools | TheUnion.com

Grass Valley police link pair to burglary, over $10K in stolen tools

An expired vehicle registration led Grass Valley officers on Sunday to find two burglary suspects and discover several stolen tools and credit cards, police said.

Crystal Dawn Ashley, 28, and Johnathane Casey Bancroft, 31, face three counts each of receipt of stolen property, two counts each of criminal conspiracy and one count each of second-degree burglary and possession of burglary tools, reports state.

Arrested Sunday night, both remained Monday in the Nevada County Jail under $54,000 in bond, records state.

Ashley and Bancroft's arrests stem from a Saturday burglary in the 400 block of Idaho Maryland Road. Officers responded to the scene and discovered that someone had stolen tools valued at over $10,000 from a storage facility at a business, Sgt. Clint Bates said.

"We quickly developed a suspect by the name of Crystal Ashley," Bates added, noting that investigators discovered Ashley's identity after checking second-hand dealers and pawn shops for the stolen goods.

An officer found Ashley and Bancroft around 10 p.m. Sunday during a traffic stop for an expired registration. Familiar with the burglary investigation, the officer recognized some tools in Ashley's vehicle taken from the theft. Police also linked a backpack filled with electronics taken from a vehicle burglary to Ashley, Bates said.

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Additionally, police linked Ashley and Bancroft to stolen credit cards, the sergeant added.

Officers arrested Ashley and Bancroft and seized the vehicle. Two people with the pair at the time of the arrests were released, Bates said.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.

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