Nevada City Police officers arrested a 20-year-old man as he allegedly tried to peddle a piece of jewelry he had stolen from a vehicle just a few nights before to a local jewelry store owner.
Jonathon Trihub has been linked to at least one other vehicular burglary and could be responsible for a recent surge of reported break-ins, according to Officer Scott Goin.
“Since Christmas Day, we’ve had a rash of thefts from unlocked vehicles in the Nevada Street and Willow Valley Road area,” Goin said.
Goin estimated his department had received at least 20 calls of vehicles being gone through, although not all of the victims reported anything missing.
On Jan. 1, a woman in the 100 block of Grove Street reported that her vehicle had been broken into and several pieces of jewelry had been taken, according to dispatch reports.
“We used the description (of the items) to notify every second-hand dealer in town to keep their eyes open,” Goin said.
Utopian Stone owner Pat Dyer called the police department at about noon Thursday after Trihub showed up in his store and tried to sell him one of the stolen items, Goin said.
“He recognized it from the bulletin and called us,” said Goin, who said the “very unique” piece had been valued by its owner at $6,000.
Trihub was arrested and officers then served a search warrant on a residence in the 800 block of Nevada Street, where he reportedly had been couch-surfing.
Officers allegedly recovered more stolen property, including a laptop and a printer that had been reported taken from an unlocked vehicle.
“That was his MO, breaking into unlocked vehicles, trying to get his hands on anything that could be sold easily,” Goin said.
Trihub was booked into county jail on two counts of possessing stolen property and was being held in lieu of $10,000 bail.
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