2 arrests made in JCPenney theft case | TheUnion.com

2 arrests made in JCPenney theft case

Sacramento area police arrested two suspects Monday on suspicion of perpetrating the recent “smash and grab” burglary at the JCPenney Co. store in Grass Valley.

According to Grass Valley Police Capt. Don Muren, the arrest began when the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office got information about a stolen car allegedly used recently in a similar burglary at the Mervyn’s department store in Roseville. Sacramento officers located the vehicle and arrested the men in a traffic stop but did not initially tie it to the Grass Valley caper.

Sacramento investigators then learned of the Grass Valley crime and found articles in the vehicle that tied it and the suspects to the mid-March burglary here. Muren did not have details or names of the suspects, but said two Grass Valley detectives were dispatched to Sacramento to work the case.

At 3:24 a.m. on March 14, burglars smashed the front window of the store on Freeman Lane and set off an alarm. They then smashed the jewelry display cases and were gone with $50,000 worth of gold watches and chains in three minutes – all before police arrived.

A witness called police at 3:30 that morning and said a silver Dodge Magnum was seen leaving the burglary scene with three male passengers in it. It was not clear whether the Dodge was connected to the Mervyn’s burglary.


To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail davem@theunion.com or call 477-4237.

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