Grass Valley firm seeks help recovering stolen items |

Grass Valley firm seeks help recovering stolen items

The Grass Valley company that was the victim of a recent theft is looking for help in locating some of the stolen items, seven pieces of custom-made and highly specialized geological surveying equipment.

Colby James Hicks, 23, was arrested in the commercial burglary, which was discovered March 16 after an employee of Geo-Logic Associates, in the 100 block of Springhill Drive, discovered a hole cut into the roof of a trailer.

The burglar had taken three toolboxes full of tools as well as the geological surveying equipment, with an estimated value of $30,000.

On March 17, an employee of a store in Grass Valley contacted the police regarding items from the burglary, and told officers Hicks had tried to sell hand tools and an optic rifle scope. Hicks then reportedly tried to sell the rifle scope the next day to a hunting goods store on Maltman Drive.

Hicks reportedly denied any connection to the Springhill Drive burglary, but the prints of the boots he was wearing allegedly matched those left at that scene.

He was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary, grand theft and vandalism, and is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail. He is set to enter a plea in Nevada County Superior Court on Thursday.

The surveying equipment “has no resale value due to its specialized nature,” said field manager Erik Olhoffer, in a plea to the public for information leading to the return of the stolen goods. “They are only valuable to people in this industry and the companies that do this work have been informed of the theft of the meters. Parted out, they also have very little value.”

According to Olhoffer, the loss of the equipment has been a big hit to the company, since they must scramble to find alternatives to the specially made boxes.

“Geo-Logic very much wants the equipment returned and would be grateful if it was just returned or dumped somewhere and we were told of its location,” he said. “We would appreciate the public’s help in getting them back.”

Olhoffer said there are three clear-faced boxes — about 5 inches wide by 7 inches long and 4 inches deep — and four yellow boxes (like Pelican waterproof boxes with electronics in them) missing, as well as a power source box containing six 9-volt batteries.

Anyone with information on the missing items can contact Olhoffer at 530-272-2448, by email at, or contact the Grass Valley Police Department at 530-åœ477-4600.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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