Penn Valley man arrested after being linked to three burglaries |

Penn Valley man arrested after being linked to three burglaries

Brett Curro

A Penn Valley man out on his own recognizance after a 2018 arrest on drug charges is back in jail after being linked to three separate burglaries.

The first report, of the theft of construction tools from a locked vehicle, came from the 500 block of Idaho-Maryland Road at the end of April. Grass Valley Police officers responded and opened an investigation, but there was no suspect information, said Sgt. Clint Bates.

On April 30, a caller from the 100 block of Crown Point Circle reported the theft of a battery that had been chained to a box truck, as well as the siphoning of gas from the truck. This time, there was surveillance video that showed the suspect driving up in a silver Ford F250 and cutting the chain to the battery, according to dispatch reports.

On the same day, Bates said, police responded to a report that a man had burglarized a laundry room in the 200 block of Dorsey Drive. The suspect was captured on surveillance video drilling out the coin-operated machines with a drill and a saw. The same truck was spotted in that video, Bates said, adding it was fairly unique and had specific items in the truck bed.

Just before 6 p.m. Monday, a Grass Valley Police officer on routine patrol saw the truck in the 800 block of Hughes Road and East Main Street, with a male occupant.

The driver was contacted and identified as Brett Ross Curro, 32. According to Bates, Curro was taken into custody after the officer spotted drug paraphernalia and possibly stolen property, and a subsequent search of the truck uncovered $2,000 to $3,000 worth of tools as well as loose coins believed to be from the laundry room burglary. The recovered property matched all three cases, Bates said, with a small percentage coming from the first reported theft.

After Curro was cuffed and placed in a patrol vehicle, the arresting officer heard noises that led him to find Curro had managed to slip his cuffs in front of his body.

“He pushed the door open, knocking the officer back, and tried to flee,” Bates said.

Curro was quickly taken back into custody, however, and was cleared medically after complaining of pain. He was taken to Wayne Brown Correctional Facility and charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, three counts of possessing stolen property and two counts of committing a felony while on bail, as well as one count each of grand theft, tampering with a vehicle, vandalism, resisting arrest, possessing burglary tools and possessing drug paraphernalia. He was being held in lieu of $30,500 bail.

Curro had been arrested on Dec. 8 by Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance and possessing drug paraphernalia. He was released on his own recognizance and arraigned in January, but has yet to enter a plea, according to court records.

Contact reporter Liz Kellar at 530-477-4236 or by email at

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