Suspect in Grass Valley tool theft arrested after alleged escape from patrol car
A man suspected of stealing tools from a charter school was arrested, handcuffed and placed in the back of a patrol vehicle before reportedly escaping and being detained a second time.
Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies had taken a report of the theft of tools, including a chop saw and a power sprayer, from John Muir Charter School on McCourtney Road on Friday, said Lt. Steve Tripp.
A staff member called the Bargain Barn in Grass Valley and described the chop saw, which had distinctive markings, said Tripp.
A store employee confirmed that a man had tried to sell them the chop saw, which they didn’t purchase. The man reportedly had sold them a leaf blower, however, and was identified as Dylan Hart Walker, 19.
Walker was located and was stopped at the Raley’s parking lot in a Jeep with the stolen items inside, Tripp said.
The vehicle was searched and deputies reportedly also located ammunition and a methamphetamine pipe.
Walker was handcuffed and placed in the back seat of the patrol vehicle.
“He somehow reached around and broke the door release from the inside,” Tripp said. “He was able to pull a cable that unlatched the door and escape.”
The deputies were alerted to Walker’s attempted getaway by bystanders, however, and were able to stop him after a short chase through the parking lot, Tripp said.
Walker was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of ammunition, violating probation, driving on a suspended license, possessing stolen property, possessing drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest and providing a fake ID.
He was being held without bail. He appeared in Nevada County Superior Court Monday afternoon and is set to enter a plea Thursday.
To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4229.
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