Grass Valley necklace theft leads to arrest |

Grass Valley necklace theft leads to arrest

Demareay Wright

The victim told local law enforcement he was just sitting in his vehicle in the movie theater parking lot, waiting for his movie to start, when a young man walked up and engaged him in conversation.

After a few minutes of small talk, though, the younger man allegedly yanked a gold necklace off the victim’s neck and fled.

Grass Valley Police officers were initially dispatched to the 300 block of Sutton Way a little after 4 p.m. Thursday for a report of a vehicle collision into a building, said Sgt. Brian Blakemore. That report was then updated to a man chasing another man into an apartment complex just down the street.

When officers arrived, they were flagged down by the victim, who told them the suspect had commented on his necklace — a gold crucifix on a chain — before reaching into his vehicle, grabbing him by the collar and ripping the chain from his neck.

The victim jumped out of his truck and chased the alleged robber into the apartment complex, but lost sight of him inside, Blakemore said. Officers began a door to door canvas and eventually located the suspect, identified as Demareay Wright, 19.

“He was hiding inside an apartment bathroom, in the shower,” Blakemore said.

Wright was detained and positively identified by the victim during an “in-field show-up.” He reportedly was wearing the necklace, valued at approximately $500, and admitted taking it.

Both men said the conversation had revolved around Wright “looking for some marijuana he could partake in,” Blakemore said.

Wright was charged with robbery and possession of stolen property, and was booked into county jail in lieu of $101,500 bail.

Contact reporter Liz Kellar at 530-477-4236 or by email at

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