Suspect in burglaries takes plea agreement |

Suspect in burglaries takes plea agreement

A local man facing multiple charges in connection with several burglaries pleaded out in two separate cases in Nevada County Superior Court.

Kellen Robert Lovell, 29, had been connected to a burglary reported in June 2013, of a semi-automatic Ruger possibly stolen the previous October. The stolen gun turned up during the investigation of a reported interruption of a burglary Nov. 4.

A Nevada County Sheriff’s deputy had responded to a residence in Nevada City, where Lovell allegedly fled after the victim fired eight rounds from a pellet pistol at him. In response, Lovell reportedly aimed a gun at the victim and racked the slide, then lowered it and fled.

Lovell was eventually located in one of his vehicles, and reportedly denied having a weapon at the time of the incident. The next day, Grass Valley Police officers reportedly located Lovell’s second vehicle, with a pistol in an unzipped backpack that was in the bed of the pickup; that pistol was traced back to the June burglary.

In that case, Lovell was charged with possession of stolen property, exhibiting a firearm and petty theft. He pleaded no contest to petty theft in return for 60 days in county jail and three years supervised probation.

He also was facing charges of vehicle theft, second-degree commercial burglary, possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia in connection with an Aug. 30, 2013 incident.

The victim reported the theft of a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck and credit cards, which had just been used at Radio Shack in Grass Valley. Lovell reportedly was lured back to the store on a ruse call; a search of Lovell’s truck revealed a duffel bag in the bed that contained multiple IDs and a checkbook belonging to the victim; another duffel bag reportedly contained a GPS unit belonging to the victim. A search of the cab reportedly uncovered suspected LSD concealed in the steering wheel and anti-anxiety medication. A lockbox with drug paraphernalia also was found, along with several meth pipes and a bong.

In that case, Lovell pleaded no contest to misdemeanor possession of stolen property, and two counts of misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to 186 days in jail and three years probation.

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

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