Man arrested in connection with burglaries |

Man arrested in connection with burglaries

Justin Montgomery

A Lake of the Pines man has been arrested in connection with burglaries in DarkHorse, Grass Valley and Nevada City, after some detective work by one of the alleged victims.

One of the burglaries involved the theft of an air compressor from a work site in DarkHorse on Sunday or Monday, said Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal.

“The victim found a box with a return address in the 13000 block of Torrey Pines Drive,” Royal said, adding that the victim believed the burglar might have left the empty box behind.

The victim then went to the address Wednesday and saw the compressor sitting in the driveway of the residence, Royal said.

Sheriff’s deputies responded and contacted the residents, who told them that Justin Daniel Montgomery, 34, stayed there off and on.

Montgomery was on probation and the homeowners gave consent for his room to be searched, Royal said.

They reportedly found other stolen items in the room, including electronics, a laptop, a .22-gauge rifle taken from a Grass Valley residence and tools. Some of the items came from a Nevada City burglary, Royal said.

A be-on-the-lookout advisory was issued and a Grass Valley Police officer spotted Montgomery’s vehicle at about 2 a.m. Thursday in the 400 block of South Auburn Street.

A search of the vehicle reportedly uncovered a number of items including a glass methamphetamine pipe with residue, bolt cutters, pry bars, two boxes of ammunition, a digital camera, miscellaneous keys, an iPhone, tools, several commemorative coins and a neoprene face mask.

Montgomery was taken into custody and charged with second-degree burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, possession of drug paraphernalia, being a felon in possession of ammunition, and violating probation.

He was being held in lieu of $70,500 bail.

Montgomery was arrested in 2012 and pleaded no contest to forgery and grand theft in return for 180 days in jail and three years probation.

He violated probation several times with charges of possessing a controlled substance; one stemmed from an arrest in December 2013 when he reportedly was found with 2.6 grams of methamphetamine, Oxycontin and Ritalin, as well as a meth pipe.

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

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