Grass Valley suspect arrested in Auburn vehicle break-ins |

Grass Valley suspect arrested in Auburn vehicle break-ins

The Union staff

Auburn Police officers arrested a 22-year-old Grass Valley man Friday in connection with a rash of thefts from unlocked vehicles.

Officers contacted Joshua Martin-Pettus in the 1500 block of Lincoln Way, according to a press release. Martin-Pettus reportedly had been captured on security camera footage at the scene of some of those thefts, and pictures from the security camera footage had been circulating on social media.

A search of Martin-Pettus revealed he was in possession of several stolen items as well as a small amount of methamphetamine, the release stated. Several of the recent thefts reportedly were linked directly to Martin-Pettus.

Martin-Pettus was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, identity theft, petty theft, possession of stolen property, violation of probation, and six misdemeanor warrants. He was booked into the Placer County Jail, where he is being held in lieu of $195,000 bail.

The Auburn Police Department would like to remind the community to report all thefts as well as any suspicious occurrences. These reports, no matter how minor, allow them to determine crime trends as well as identify stolen property when it is located. It is also important to not leave valuables inside your vehicle and remember to lock them.

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