A Grass Valley man was arrested after he tried to retrieve a backpack he had dropped the day before — while being chased for allegedly shoplifting a number of items from a Glenbrook Basin grocery store.
The suspect, Christopher Douglas Jenkins, 39, was described by Grass Valley Police Capt. Rex Marks as a repeat offender with more than five prior theft convictions.
Police had responded to a 911 call from the store in the 600 block of Sutton Way just before 5 p.m. Monday for a shoplifter who had been chased by an employee and dropped the items.
Police retrieved the backpack with the stolen items in the parking lot of The Union on Sutton Way but did not locate Jenkins, Marks said.
Tuesday afternoon, Jenkins came to The Union and asked if anyone had turned in his backpack, which he said he had lost. He was then spotted rummaging through the bushes outside the building.
Grass Valley Police surrounded the property after receiving a report. Jenkins attempted to flee but ran into one of the officers and was arrested without further incident, Marks said.
Jenkins was booked into county jail on suspicion of theft with a prior, being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.
He was being held in lieu of $12,750 bail.
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