Second suspect in Geo-Logic burglary arrested
A second suspect has been arrested in the theft of surveying equipment from Grass Valley firm Geo-Logic Associates.
The commercial burglary was discovered March 16 after an employee of the business in the 100 block of Springhill Drive discovered a hole cut into the roof of a trailer. The burglar had taken three toolboxes full of tools as well as the geological surveying equipment, with an estimated value of $30,000.
On March 17, an employee of a store in Grass Valley contacted the police regarding items from the burglary, and told officers a man identified as Colby James Hicks had tried to sell hand tools and an optic rifle scope. Hicks then reportedly tried to sell the rifle scope the next day to a hunting goods store on Maltman Drive.
Hicks reportedly denied any connection to the Springhill Drive burglary, but the prints of the boots he was wearing allegedly matched those left at that scene. He was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary, grand theft and vandalism and is set to enter a plea in Nevada County Superior Court on Thursday.
On Monday, Grass Valley Police officers responded to a residence in the 200 block of North Church Street regarding a roommate dispute, said Lt. Alex Gammelgard. Once there, they made contact with a man identified as Christopher Alana Crawford, 31, and learned that he had been with Hicks at the time of the original theft, Gammelgard said.
Crawford allegedly acted as a lookout for Hicks during the theft, and assisted in transporting the stolen property back to North Church Street.
Three Pelican brand cases and a tool box were recovered from the residence, Gammelgard said.
Crawford was booked into county jail on suspicion of second-degree burglary, criminal conspiracy and possessing stolen property, and was being held in lieu of $51,000 bail.
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