Nevada City suspect arrested in stolen truck |

Nevada City suspect arrested in stolen truck

An alert Grass Valley Police officer nabbed a suspect in a stolen truck, who reportedly also had a number of stolen items on him, Thursday afternoon.

The officer was on patrol in the area of Highway 20 and Dorsey Drive and ran the license plate of the Ford Ranger truck, which came back as stolen, said Cpl. Zack LaFerriere.

The officer made a traffic stop on the truck off Coyote Street in Nevada City, and arrested the driver, Neil Christopher Rudd.

Rudd, 48, listed his address as Nevada City and his occupation as firewood cutter and pot grower, according to jail records. He reportedly was driving on a suspended license.

Rudd’s criminal history in Nevada County includes a 2013 arrest for possessing a blackjack, for which he served 270 days in jail and received three years supervised probation. In January of this year, he petitioned successfully to modify his probation terms. Since then, he has been arrested in March and in April for driving on a suspended license.

A search of the truck revealed items believed to have been stolen, including a chainsaw with the serial number scratched off, LaFerriere said.

Officers also reportedly located several credit cards and a cell phone.

The owner was contacted and told officers his vehicle had been broken into at the river several months ago, LaFerriere said.

Further information on the stolen truck was not available as of press time.

Rudd was booked into county jail on suspicion of vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, and driving on a suspended license, and was released on $12,500 bail.

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

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