Suspect in Grass Valley burglaries arrested in Sacramento |

Suspect in Grass Valley burglaries arrested in Sacramento

A Sacramento County man was linked to a rash of burglaries and a vehicle theft by Grass Valley Police officers and was arrested Tuesday — reportedly while in the act of trying to break into the safety deposit box of a credit union at McClellan.

Officer Zack LaFerriere took the initial Grass Valley case on Jan. 22, with a report of three people breaking into the office of Plaza Tire by throwing a canister through a window.

The suspects entered the business and collected some items, but left with only the keys to a Jeep, LaFerriere said.

The following week, at about the same time, another burglary was reported by Plaza Tire, with one of the suspects driving up in a newer-model Tacoma 4×4 with “unique” features. He then reportedly tried to grind a lock off a door, but did not succeed.

The truck was seen on surveillance video, but because it was at night, the color of the truck was not clear.

But on Jan. 31, the same pickup was caught on ATM footage at a Grass Valley bank, LaFerriere said. The suspect reportedly got out and went up to the ATM, putting an envelope over the camera.

“But (the envelope) fell down, revealing the driver using different devices to try to withdraw dropped deposits from the overnight receptacle — trying to fish them out,” LaFerriere said, adding that the ATM footage revealed the color of the truck.

The driver then went back to Plaza Tire. The suspect reportedly was able to steal a key to a vehicle in their parking lot, opened it up and stole items, then left. He subsequently returned and stole the vehicle — then returned it later, along with the key.

This time, Grass Valley Police officers were able to track the driver down via the license plate, and an arrest warrant and search warrant were obtained for Jason Gorham, an Antelope resident.

An initial attempt to contact Gorham on Monday proved fruitless. But Tuesday morning, as officers were driving down to Gorham’s residence again, they were contacted by a Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy.

The deputy had responded to a report of a possible burglary in progress at a credit union drop box, and detained the suspect, who proved to be Gorham.

The Grass Valley Police officers detoured to the arrest location and searched Gorham’s vehicle, reportedly finding items stolen from the local break-ins. They found more stolen items at his residence, as well as mail belonging to at least 100 Nevada County victims, LaFerriere said.

Gorham was booked into Sacramento County jail on his fresh arrest, but likely will be extradited to Nevada County to face charges here, LaFerriere said.

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

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