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December 27, 2013
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License plate discrepancy leads to arrest for Jeep theft in Grass Valley

Out-of-state license plates that didn’t match up led to the arrest of a 19-year-old man in Grass Valley early Friday morning.

A Grass Valley Police officer on patrol noticed the Jeep Comanche, which had Washington plates, parked on Plaza Drive just after midnight, said Sgt. Alex Gammelgard.

He ran the plates and they came back for a different type of vehicle, and then he noticed that the front and rear plates were different, Gammelgard said.

The officer contacted a man sleeping inside the truck, identified as Connor Gray Cichowicz, and ran the truck’s VIN. The truck reportedly came back as stolen out of the Seattle area.

Cichowicz initially told the officer that the truck had been stolen from him and his father but “quit talking” when questioned about how it came to be back in his possession, Gammelgard said.

He was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft and being in possession of stolen property and was being held in county jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

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