Shoplifting suspect arrested in Grass Valley |

Shoplifting suspect arrested in Grass Valley

A shoplifting suspect was arrested at a nearby store after reportedly being found in possession of stolen property and drugs Saturday night.

Grass Valley Police officers responded to the 100 block of West McKnight Way at approximately 8:30 p.m. after receiving a report that a man suspected of having shoplifted from Kmart the week before had just left the store.

The officers located the man, who was described as having a cross tattooed on his cheek, at a nearby sporting goods store, said Sgt. Joe Matteoni.

The man, who was identified as Robert Acea Wharff, 27, put his hands in his pockets and tried to back away when contacted, Matteoni said.

Wharff reportedly became agitated and tried to leave, resisting arrest and refusing to comply with the officers. He was subsequently detained and handcuffed.

He had a syringe and a digital scale on his person, and was positively identified by a loss security officer from Kmart as the suspect, Matteoni said, adding that he also had four outstanding warrants.

A search of his backpack reportedly uncovered multiple pieces of jewelry, marijuana, methamphetamine and heroin, as well as drug paraphernalia.

Wharff was booked into county jail on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance for sale, resisting arrest and being under the influence of a controlled substance, as well as the warrants. He was being held in lieu of $61,000 bail.

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