Grass Valley man arrested in reported attempt to sell stolen goods |

Grass Valley man arrested in reported attempt to sell stolen goods

Colby Hicks
Nevada County Sheriff Department |

A Grass Valley man was linked to a commercial burglary after he reportedly tried to sell some of the stolen items at a local store.

The business owner contacted Grass Valley Police officers on Monday afternoon regarding the break-in to a trailer on his property in the 100 block of Springhill Drive, said Lt. Alex Gammelgard.

“He saw some items on the ground near the trailer, and discovered a hole cut into the roof of the trailer,” Gammelgard said.

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

The burglar left behind a clue that helped lead to his arrest, Gammelgard said.

“We found a large dirty boot print on top of a quad inside the trailer, and a similar print was found on the trailer floor,” he said.

On Tuesday, an employee of a store in Grass Valley contacted the police regarding items from the burglary, and told officers a man had tried to sell hand tools and an optic rifle scope, Gammelgard said. The suspect was identified as Colby James Hicks, 23.

Hicks reportedly tried to sell the rifle scope the next day to a hunting goods store on Maltman Drive. Officers were dispatched to the business at about 6 p.m. and found Hicks there, Gammelgard said.

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.

Hicks 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 for arraignment this morning.

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

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