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Good Samaritan chases down alleged car burglar

After a man caught a young burglar in the act of rifling through his vehicle, a good Samaritan chased the suspect down, helping the victim recover his belongings.

Grass Valley Police officers responded to the incident at about 1 p.m. Saturday, which initially was reported as a physical fight with a man trying to get away from several men who were chasing him, said Sgt. Steve Johnson.

But it turned out the “victim” actually was the suspect in a vehicle break-in.

A man in his early 50s told police that he had been eating lunch at a restaurant in the Brunswick basin when he saw a young man “rummaging” through his vehicle.

He yelled at the burglar, described as being about 17 years old, and saw that the teen was holding his laptop, two cell phones, a Nikon camera and a bag of quarters that he had taken from the vehicle.

The boy allegedly tried to flee, but the victim grabbed him and pinned him against the car, Johnson said.

“The victim got his laptop, camera and quarters back, but the juvenile took off with the two cell phones,” Johnson said.

But a passerby in his early 20s who had witnessed the incident gave chase, catching up with the suspected thief at Sutton Way and East Main Street.

“He tackled the suspect and held him down, and took the phones from his pockets,” Johnson said.

The teen then fled again, this time for good — but the victim, who had been following the chase, was able to retrieve the rest of his property.

“Unfortunately, the suspect was not arrested,” Johnson said, adding that anyone with information is encouraged to call the police department at 477-4600.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4229.


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