Suspects sought in connection with armed robbery, vehicle theft |

Suspects sought in connection with armed robbery, vehicle theft

Two armed robbers eluded capture Tuesday night despite an extensive search by deputies and a K-9, and air support by a helicopter.

A woman from New York Canyon Road, between Highway 20 and North Bloomfield, called 911 a little before 5 p.m. to report that two men armed with shotguns fired at her vehicle.

The woman was returning home with a child in her vehicle when she drove past a neighbor’s residence and saw a truck that did not belong there, said Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal.

She pulled into the driveway and two men came out of the residence carrying shotguns, Royal said.

“They told her to get out of there,” he said.

As the woman began backing out of the driveway, one of the suspects reportedly fired at her vehicle, but apparently did not hit it.

As the robbers fled, they clipped a vehicle coming up the road that was being driven by the husband of the woman they had fired at, Royal said.

He reportedly chased them a short distance before they lost control on Madrone Springs Road, crashing their truck. They jumped out with the engine still running, still armed, and then fled on foot into the woods, Royal said.

Numerous sheriff’s deputies responded, as did a Nevada City Police K-9 and a California Highway Patrol helicopter, to no avail.

The two men were described as being white and in their 30s; one was reported to have dark hair and have been wearing a black shirt with white writing.

According to Royal, the residents were not home at the time of the burglary; the house had been ransacked, but it was not known as of press time if anything had been stolen.

The truck was recovered and was found to have been reported stolen from a Truckee business.

Items were recovered from the truck that were believed to be connected to a burglary of a different location, Royal said, adding that the investigation is ongoing.

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

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