Suspect sought in 2 vehicle thefts |

Suspect sought in 2 vehicle thefts

A brazen suspect is being sought in the successive thefts of two separate vehicles in broad daylight Tuesday.

At just after 3 p.m., the first victim called to report that a white Ford F450 flatbed loaded with lumber and tools had been stolen from a construction site on West Main and Alta streets in Grass Valley.

The truck belonged to a contractor doing roadwork in the area, said Grass Valley Police Lt. Alex Gammelgard.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the keys were inside the unlocked truck and the workers initially thought the man who took it was simply moving it.

Grass Valley Police officers responded to the call and took a report, issuing a BOLO for the truck.

A little more than an hour later, another call was received of a stolen vehicle from the 10000 block of Birchville Road. The victim reported that a man with brown hair and a beard drove up in the truck and then left in his gold Toyota 4Runner, according to dispatch reports.

The keys were inside the vehicle, which was parked in a gated area, although the gate was open, according to the CHP. The victim heard the truck pull in and then heard his vehicle start up, running out to see the man driving away.

Both vehicle thefts remain under investigation by the CHP.

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

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