Grass Valley Police officers didn’t have to waste a lot of time searching for a stolen vehicle, tracking down the car and a suspect within 24 hours.
The theft of the 2001 Honda Accord from a residence on Sutton Way was reported just before noon on Saturday, according to dispatch reports.
The 88-year-old female victim told officers she might have left the keys in the vehicle, said Sgt. Clint Bates
Officers conducted area checks and went to the residence of Joseph Jerome Woodruff, 30, in the 14000 block of Idaho-Maryland Road.
“Three people tried to duck out the back door,” Bates said, adding that a short chase ensued.
Woodruff and an unidentified woman reportedly complied with orders to stop, but the third person got away.
The stolen vehicle was recovered from the residence, but sustained extensive damage after having been spray-painted and having the VIN removed, Bates said.
Hondas and Acuras from 1996 up through 2003 are popular theft targets because they contain a limited-edition VTEC motor that is valuable, Bates said.
Woodruff was booked into county jail on suspicion of vehicle theft and possessing stolen property, and was released on $10,000 bail.
Bates described Woodruff has having a history of possessing stolen vehicles. Woodruff was arrested on vehicle theft charges in December 2012, but it did not appear a criminal complaint was filed. He was arrested in August 2013 for allegedly leading police on a high-speed pursuit and in October on drug charges, including possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
His trial on those charges is scheduled to start May 13.
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