Suspected burglar arrested with scrap metal |

Suspected burglar arrested with scrap metal

A man suspected of the theft of multiple items, including a copper gate worth thousands of dollars, was arrested after reportedly attempting to sell it for scrap metal.

The burglary was reported April 9 in the 14000 block of Loma Rica Drive, said Grass Valley Police Sgt. Clint Bates.

According to Bates, multiple items had been reported stolen from a residence and garage, including a 117-pound ornamental copper gate valued at $4,100.

On Friday, a man identified as Joseph Robert Finazzo, 40, tried to redeem the gate as scrap metal, Bates said, adding that the gate had been damaged to the point where it could not be re-hung.

Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies and Grass Valley Police collaborated on the investigation and subsequently arrested Finazzo, who reportedly was found with a substantial quantity of scrap metal and other recyclables on his person.

Finazzo was booked into county jail on suspicion of second-degree burglary and possessing stolen property, and was released on $50,000 bail.

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

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