A man who pulled over to let a vehicle pass him on his narrow country lane Sunday afternoon was startled to spot several items he recognized in the back — a weed eater and a leaf blower that belonged to him.
The owner of the residence in the 10000 block of Dawkins Lane apparently interrupted the burglary in progress, finding his door open and his house ransacked, according to dispatch reports. He called at about 4 p.m. to report that a man and a woman were in the grey or blue Isuzu and left heading toward Allison Ranch Road.
As a Nevada County Sheriff’s deputy responded, the vehicle drove by, but the deputy was unable to immediately turn around, Sheriff Keith Royal said. A deputy in a second unit also saw the vehicle and saw someone throw the weed eater out the window, Royal said.
A be-on-the-lookout advisory was issued for the Isuzu, which was eventually located in the Kmart parking lot on West McKnight Way in Grass Valley.
A man identified as Michael Wayne Roberts, 52, was in the parking lot and had the keys to the vehicle in his possession, Royal said. The female suspect, identified as 34-year-old Melissa Renee Robertson, was located nearby. The suspects reportedly were identified by the victim.
The leaf blower and other items, including jewelry, were found in the vehicle, Royal said.
Roberts was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary and was booked into county jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. Robertson, who initially gave a fake name, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary and criminal conspiracy and was being held without bail.
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