Duo arrested in connection with repeated burglaries of vacant house in Grass Valley | TheUnion.com

Duo arrested in connection with repeated burglaries of vacant house in Grass Valley

Grant McInnis
Nevada County Sheriff Department |

Two men were arrested by Grass Valley police officers after reportedly breaking into the same vacant house twice, and stealing some very recognizable items.

Grant Patrick McInnis, 25, of Penn Valley, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary of an inhabited dwelling, criminal conspiracy and trespassing, and was being held in lieu of $50,750 bail. Robert Acea Wharff, 26, of Goodyears Bar, was arrested on burglary and criminal conspiracy charges; he reportedly also had two Placer County warrants in the amount of $75,000.

On Sunday, the owner of the residence, in the 100 block of Bennett Street, called to report that the house had been broken into and items had been stolen, said Lt. Steve Johnson.

The responding officer took note not only of what had been stolen, but of what had been left behind, Johnson said. On Monday, the same officer was on patrol in the area at about 11 a.m. when he encountered two men walking away from the residence.

“The two men were carrying items he had seen in the residence earlier, brightly colored and unique items,” Johnson said.

One of the men reportedly was carrying a large, bright yellow shop vacuum, and the other man reportedly was carrying a bright blue marine air horn.

When questioned, neither man had a valid explanation for where they had obtained the items, and had different stories, Johnson said.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.

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