Boy, 14, held in 30 car break-ins |

Boy, 14, held in 30 car break-ins

A 14-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday night in connection with about 30 recent vehicle burglaries in western Grass Valley, police said.

The thefts from parked cars took place late Saturday or early Sunday on Townsend, Pleasant, Carpenter and West Main streets.

The juvenile suspect, whose name has not been released, will face a minimum of 27 burglary, grand theft, petty theft and vandalism charges, police said. He was being held at the Nevada County Juvenile Hall Thursday.

Police Capt. Greg Hart said one of the boy’s family members reported the suspect.

“They believed him to be in possession of property that didn’t belong to him, and they were aware of the thefts,” Hart said.

Stolen items included mostly cash and electronics. Compact discs, CD players, wallets and MP3 players were reported stolen, Hart said.

Hart said the suspect lived within walking distance of the streets where the burglaries were reported.

Out of all the burglaries reported, only one or two of the vehicles were locked, officers said. Hart said the suspect entered most of the vehicles through unlocked doors or sunroofs.

It is unknown whether the suspect worked alone or had an accomplice, Hart said.

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