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Three arrested in connection with burglary attempt

Tristan Appleton
Nevada County Sheriff Department |

A trio of would-be burglars were reportedly nabbed after the victim called 911 and then followed them in his vehicle Tuesday morning.

The victim called just before 11 a.m. to report he was in pursuit of a vehicle with suspects who stole items from his residence, said Nevada County Sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Pettitt.

He then called back to report the vehicle had driven southbound on Highway 49, then pulled onto a road behind a motel, and he had them blocked in.



Both Grass Valley Police officers and a sheriff’s deputy were dispatched.

When the deputy arrived at the scene, the driver told him he had no ID on him, Pettitt said; the man was identified as Tristan Martin Appleton, 38. A woman in the front passenger seat identified herself as Abigail Leanne Halford, 20; the male passenger in the back was recognized by the deputy as Cory Goodrich-Fordyce, 24.




The deputy saw black gloves in the back seat and more black gloves on the front console, as well as a law enforcement-type scanner behind the driver’s seat, Pettitt said.

Appleton was asked to exit the vehicle and the deputy began searching him for a wallet, Pettitt said, lifting his sweatshirt and seeing a sheathed 10-inch knife on his belt.

According to Pettitt, Halford told the deputy they were bored and had been hanging around Kmart.

Based on his belief that the gloves and the scanner were potential burglary tools, a search of the vehicle was initiated, Pettitt said.

That search reportedly uncovered a black neoprene mask, a Halloween mask of an old man, another mask with wire mesh, more gloves, and a 12-inch pry bar. A CO2 pistol in a holster reportedly was found in the vehicle, and a small switchblade was reportedly located in Halford’s pocket.

Halford was arrested on suspicion of criminal conspiracy, possession of burglary tools and possession of a switchblade, and was being held in lieu of $11,500 bail.

Appleton was booked into county jail on suspicion of criminal conspiracy, possession of burglary tools, trespassing and carrying a concealed knife, and was being held in lieu of $12,250 bail.

Goodrich-Fordyce was arrested on suspicion of criminal conspiracy, possession of burglary tools, and trespassing, and was being held in lieu of $11,500 bail.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.


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