Grass Valley city employee arrested in connection with theft |

Grass Valley city employee arrested in connection with theft

An employee of Grass Valley's Public Works Department was arrested after allegedly pawning a number of items he stole from the department's yard.

The theft of a number of items during the night was reported Feb. 4, according to dispatch reports.

The burglar made off with chainsaws and other brush-cutting equipment worth an estimated $1,400, said Grass Valley Police Sgt. Joe Matteoni.

Several of those items were reported to the police department by a pawn shop in Oroville, and the pawn slips were made out to Denny Richard Joseph, a public works employee.

According to Grass Valley Police Capt. Rex Marks, it is protocol for all pawn operations to report items brought in to the appropriate jurisdiction.

Richard, 25, had been hired as a maintenance assistant about four months ago, said Public Works Director Tim Kiser.

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During a search of Joseph's residence, several more stolen items were allegedly recovered, Marks said. Officers also recovered a gun that is believed to have been stolen, said Marks, adding that its serial number had been eradicated.

"We're still trying to track some of the stolen items," he said.

Richard was arrested Friday on suspicion of second-degree burglary, possession of stolen property, embezzlement and altering identifying information on a firearm. He was booked into county jail and released on $10,750 bail.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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