Some quality detective work by an employee of a Grass Valley grocery store led to the arrest of a Sacramento man who is facing 10 criminal counts.
Jose Edoardo Henriquez, 24, was arrested for burglary, false personation, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of an illegal weapon after he allegedly stole a case of beer from a store in Grass Valley Saturday afternoon and fled to a Nevada City residence, where he was found hiding in a shower, said Sgt. Clint Bates of the Grass Valley Police Department.
A female employee allegedly spotted Henriquez leaving the Neal Street grocery store at 12:30 p.m. with alcoholic beverages for which he did not pay, Bates said. As Henriquez attempted to flee the scene, the employee noted the make and model of the car that abetted the escape while memorizing the license plate.
“She did a good job,” Bates said.
Grass Valley Police officers ran the license plate and traced the car to a residence at the 500 block of Zion Street in Nevada City.
With assistance from the Nevada City Police Department, police obtained permission to search the premises from the residents and found the stolen contraband along with a pipe used for smoking methamphetamine in plain view, Bates said.
Upon further search, Henriquez, who is alleged to be the main perpetrator of the burglary, was found hiding in the shower, Bates said.
Police searched Henriquez’s person and found what is referred to as a “slug shot” — basically a metal padlock wrapped in a bandanna and used in the same manner as a sock full of coins — in his pocket, Bates said.
During questioning, Henriquez allegedly provided a false identity, misrepresenting himself as his brother, which he maintained throughout the investigation until he was booked at Nevada County Jail, Bates said.
At the jail, he provided his real identity and was found to have six outstanding warrants.
Bail for Henriquez was set at $57,000. He made bail Saturday evening.
The stolen alcohol was recovered and returned to the store, Bates said.
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