Vehicle break-ins, gas thefts in Grass Valley |

Vehicle break-ins, gas thefts in Grass Valley

Several vehicles were vandalized, apparently in theft attempts, and gas was stolen in the area of Crown Point Circle and Whispering Pines Lane.

On Monday morning, a woman in the 500 block of Crown Point Circle reported gas had been stolen and a gas line cut to a company vehicle.

According to Grass Valley Police Lt. Steve Johnson, an employee of Nevada County Behavioral Health found the fuel line had been cut on a company vehicle sometime over the weekend.

Another caller in the 300 block called to report vandalism to a vehicle, but that appeared to be more intentional, targeted vandalism, and it was not clear the incidents were related, Johnson said.

“We ramped up patrol” in the area, Johnson said, adding that an officer doing an extra patrol Tuesday morning located several vehicles with damage.

The officer found one vehicle in the 1000 block of Whispering Pines Lane with the driver’s door open and a passenger window rolled down, with items strewn around and a damaged ignition, apparently in an attempt to steal the vehicle.

The officer continued searching in the same area and found three more vehicles that had been tampered with, Johnson said.

One, a Honda, was found to have a broken dashboard, possibly in an attempt to hot-wire the vehicle. A Ford Explorer was located with a missing gas cap, the glove box open and papers thrown around.

A Suzuki Raider was found unlocked, with the gas cap open and a large evaporated puddle of spilled gas next to it, Johnson said. The glove compartment on that vehicle also had been opened and papers strewn around.

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

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