Trespasser arrested on drug charges |

Trespasser arrested on drug charges

Lyndsi Vanroekel
Courtesy NCSO |

An alert neighbor helped Grass Valley Police officers nab a trespasser reportedly hiding out in a garage, who subsequently was arrested on drug sale charges.

An officer was dispatched to the area of Clark Street and Clipper Court at 1 a.m. Friday regarding a suspicious vehicle, said Lt, Steve Johnson.

A neighbor had called 911 because the vehicle, which had two people sitting inside it, was unfamiliar. When the officer drove past, the neighbor saw the occupants duck down out of sight, Johnson said.

The witness then reported the two people got out of the vehicle and “snuck” into a garage in the 100 block of Conaway Avenue.

Police officers then called the owners of the residence and determined they were out of town and had not given anyone permission to be on their property or in their garage, Johnson said.

The officers made entry into the garage and detained two people inside — Alfred Gonzalez, 22, and Lyndsi Alyssa Vanroekel, 22.

Vanroekel had an “elaborate story” to explain her presence, Johnson said, adding that she claimed she had permission from the homeowners’ son.

A search of the garage reportedly uncovered a hypodermic needle and other drug paraphernalia, including a spoon, baggies, and cotton swabs, in the area where the couple had been sitting.

Officers searched the vehicle, which was registered to Vanroekel, and found more needles and drug paraphernalia, a baggie containing .27 grams of methamphetamine, a glass meth pipe, a syringe loaded with heroin, more baggies and a scale, Johnson said.

They also reportedly found a handwritten journal of drug sales with Vanroekel’s name on the front.

Vanroekel was arrested and booked into county jail on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was being held in lieu of $41,000 bail.

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

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