Packard’s bail raised to $130K in string of outstanding cases |

Packard’s bail raised to $130K in string of outstanding cases

A suspect in a string of burglaries — whose recent arrest and subsequent release from jail on less than $10,000 bail drew widespread outrage in the community — was remanded back into custody Friday morning after a judge raised his bail to more than $100,000.

Joshua David Packard, 34, was arrested Jan. 11 after he was reportedly found with stolen mail and items from earlier burglaries, just six weeks after being arrested in connection with a pair of burglaries.

A neighbor in the area of Lodestar Drive and Brewer Road called 911 at just after 8 a.m. to report a suspicious white Crown Vic with tinted windows. Another neighbor subsequently began chasing the suspicious vehicle on Dog Bar Road toward Grass Valley.

Packard reportedly then called 911 to report he was being chased and would wait for law enforcement. Packard was on search and seizure terms and a subsequent search of the vehicle reportedly uncovered evidence, including gloves, that linked both Packard and passenger Rena Marie Kain to prior burglaries and mail thefts.

“Are you sure you have the right person? I haven’t been arrested on a lot of these.”Joshua David Packardappearing to dispute some charges

Packard was arrested on suspicion of trespassing, criminal conspiracy, possessing burglary tools, possessing a controlled substance, petty theft and loitering on private property. He was booked and released on $9,500 bail.

Packard was arrested in early November, after reportedly being found with weapons, stolen property and 10 pounds of marijuana. He has been charged with the sale or transportation of marijuana, possessing stolen property and drug paraphernalia, being a felon in possession of tear gas, and carrying a concealed knife.

He also was arrested in late November in connection with a pair of burglaries at the North Star Mine property.

Packard appeared in Nevada County Superior Court Friday and was taken into custody after Judge Candace Heidelberger raised his bail to $100,000 on each of three outstanding felony cases, $50,000 on a fourth felony case and also set bails ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 on five misdemeanor cases.

Packard appeared to dispute some of the charges, saying, “Are you sure you have the right person? I haven’t been arrested on a lot of these.”

He is set to return to court today.

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

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