Grass Valley woman arrested on suspicion of stealing car |

Grass Valley woman arrested on suspicion of stealing car

Keri Brenner
Staff Writer

A Grass Valley woman was in custody Sunday on suspicion of stealing a car Thursday night from a spot along Broad Street in Nevada City.

Amanda Lyn Pelayo, 34, was arrested at 1:45 a.m. Sunday after police in Grass Valley, Nevada City and the Nevada County Sheriff's Office had been tracking her trail for more than 24 hours.

Also arrested in the case was Joseph Jerome Woodruff, 30, of Nevada City, who was held on suspicion of possessing burglary tools after Grass Valley police officers picked him on a traffic stop of what turned out to be the allegedly stolen car.

According to the Nevada County Sheriff's Office, a "BOLO," or "be on the lookout" alert was issued at 6:22 p.m. Friday for a 1997 gold Toyota Corolla four-door, with a green hood, that was taken Thursday from its parking spot in front of a market on Broad Street in Nevada City. Police said in the alert that the suspect was a white female adult named "Amanda."

Then, at about 10:15 p.m. Saturday, Grass Valley officers on patrol in the Dorsey Drive area noticed a car pulling out of an apartment complex, according to Grass Valley Police Cpl. Dan Kimbrough.

Kimbrough said the officers noticed that the car's tail lights were not working properly, and they ran a check of the license plate.

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The car came back as the 1997 Toyota Corrolla that had been reported stolen, Kimbrough said. The officers did a traffic stop.

A man and a woman were inside the vehicle, both of whom told officers that a friend had loaned them the car.

"They said they didn't know it had been stolen," Kimbrough said. The woman, who was the driver, was released by police.

The passenger, Woodruff, was arrested after police performed a search on the car and found the alleged burglary tools inside.

Pelayo, who was not in the car at the time, was taken into custody about four hours later.

According to the Nevada County Jail log, she was booked in lieu of $10,000 bail on the auto theft charge and $1,000 bail for possession of drug paraphernalia. She was also held on two outstanding warrants at $5,000 bail each, both for failure to appear.

Woodruff was booked at the Nevada County Jail at 2:20 a.m. Sunday in lieu of $1,000 bail on the burglary tools possession charges.

To contact Staff Writer Keri Brenner, email or call 530-477-4239.

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