Two arrested in connection with Grass Valley break-ins
Grass Valley Police officers arrested a local couple they say have been linked to a number of burglaries after tying them to a trailer break-in Friday.
The man, identified as Alfred James Gonzales, 24, had been caught on a surveillance camera early that morning, possibly trying to break into a vehicle, police said. A little later that morning, his girlfriend, Ashlee Ann Dalton, 21, and Keith Blaine Jamison, 29, were detained after reportedly being spotted breaking into vehicles; Jamison was arrested on suspicion of prowling but Dalton was released.
Those connections helped police arrest Gonzales and Dalton that afternoon, however.
At a little before 9 a.m., officers responded to a report of a theft from a trailer in the 200 block of Auburn Street with more than $3,000 in reported stolen items, said Grass Valley Police Sgt. Brian Blakemore.
The trailer belongs to a guild of medieval re-enactors, and the suspects stole a pair of 55-inch-long rapiers worth an estimated $1,500 each, as well as a 15-inch dagger worth $300. All of the weapons were medieval replicas, Blakemore said; one of the rapiers has a silver twisted guard and is stamped “EF,” with a black sheath and the other has a copper handle and guard and is in a brown sheath. The edged dagger is steel and has a blade that tapers to a diamond point.
Police discovered a pair of women’s underwear at the scene, and an officer who had been on patrol reported seeing Dalton in the area in the company of Jamison.
A homeowner in the 100 block of Conaway Avenue reported that a man was seen possibly trying to break into his vehicle on his surveillance camera at about 12:20 a.m. — that suspect was later identified as Gonzales, Blakemore said. At 1:30 a.m., the same homeowner reported a man and woman — Jamison and Dalton — trying to break into vehicles; they were stopped at Race and South Auburn streets.
Because Gonzales and Dalton were known to be a couple, Police officers went to their address on LaMarque Court to conduct a probation search, Blakemore said.
The stolen items were not located, but officers reportedly found heroin paraphernalia in the couple’s bedroom. According to Blakemore, the suspects admitted to having been in the trailer. Anyone with information as to the missing weapons is urged to contact the Grass Valley Police Department at 477-4600.
Gonzales was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary, possessing drug paraphernalia, and violating probation, as well as on an outstanding warrant. He was being held in county jail in lieu of $41,000 bail.
Dalton was booked on suspicion of second-degree burglary, possessing drug paraphernalia and violating probation, along with two outstanding warrant. She was being held in lieu of $44,000 bail.
“Alfred Gonzales and Ashlee Dalton have been contacted, interviewed, and/or arrested in connection with other burglaries on South Auburn Street and the downtown area in recent weeks,” Blakemore said. “Gonzales has been arrested eight times this year, and Dalton has been arrested seven times, for a variety of charges including petty theft and drug violations.”
According to court records, Gonzales has two current misdemeanor cases. One stems from a February arrest for possession of marijuana and controlled substances. He was arrested in April and charged with burglary, but failed to appear in court in August and then again on Sept. 7.
Dalton was arrested in October of last year and charged with burglary and possession of a controlled substance, but repeatedly failed to appear for court. She was charged most recently with being under the influence of a controlled substance after an August arrest, but failed to return to court after her initial arraignment.
To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4229.
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