Motorcycle thief reportedly caught in the act in Penn Valley
May 19, 2014
A Grass Valley man was arrested after a woman reportedly saw him in the act of stealing her motorcycle Tuesday morning.
The woman, an employee of the Shell gas station on Penn Valley Drive, called 911 at about 10:40 a.m. to report that she saw a man pushing her motorcycle into a field.
When she yelled at him to stop, he dropped it and fled on foot.
A California Highway Patrol officer responded and reviewed surveillance videos, according to a CHP report.
The officer also noticed a U-Haul parked near the spot where the motorcycle had been taken, the report stated.
An hour-long search of the Penn Valley area did not turn up the suspect. But while traveling eastbound on Highway 20, the officer saw the same U-Haul truck and then reportedly identified the passenger in the truck as the suspect.
The CHP officer followed the truck to Bitney Springs Road, and eventually made a traffic stop with the assistance of additional CHP officers and Nevada County Sheriff's deputies.
The suspect, identified as Joshua Oliver Hardaway, was arrested without incident, the report stated.
Hardaway reportedly had an outstanding felony warrant stemming from a prior vehicle theft conviction.
He was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft and the outstanding warrant, and is being held in county jail on a post-release community supervision flash incarceration.
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