Grass Valley police: Stolen vehicle recovered, burglary tools found inside |

Grass Valley police: Stolen vehicle recovered, burglary tools found inside

Alfred James Gonzales

Grass Valley police say they arrested two men in a stolen car after the vehicle became boxed in to traffic on East Main Street.

Alfred James Gonzales, 25, of Penn Valley; and Jake Russell Sheldon, 37, of Grass Valley, each face charges of possession of burglary tools and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia, Nevada County Jail reports state.

Gonzales faces additional charges of vehicle theft, receipt of known stolen property and possession of a narcotic controlled substance, reports state.

Sheldon also is charged with carrying a concealed dirk or dagger and three counts of possession of a controlled substance, authorities said.

The arrests happened around 1:10 p.m. Sunday, after police spotted a silver sedan that matched the description of a vehicle stolen last week from Alta Sierra, Sgt. Clint Bates said.

“The vehicle, without an enforcement stop, began to recklessly drive,” Bates added. “Basically trying to evade law enforcement.”

The sedan, traveling west along East Main Street, jumped a curb near the roundabout and drove through a parking lot before returning to the road. Hearing police sirens, other motorists began to slow. Stalled traffic, along with patrol cars approaching from both sides, trapped the suspects’ vehicle in the 300 block of East Main Street, Bates said.

Officers then found Gonzales in the driver’s seat and Sheldon as his passenger, he added.

“The search and investigation revealed several burglary tools,” the sergeant said.

A small amount of suspected heroin also was found, along with a small, fixed-blade knife, Bates said.

Gonzales remained held Monday afternoon on $500,000 in bond. Sheldon was held on $37,500 in bond, authorities said.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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