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Bumbling burglars busted in Nevada City

Alexandria Caulfield
Nevada County Sheriff Department |

A pair of alleged burglars were caught in the act Thursday afternoon, said Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal.

After a sheriff’s deputy arrested the duo at gunpoint, their reported stash of stolen goods was recovered: some Lincoln vehicle parts, extension cords and Star Wars toys.

The deputy responded to the 16000 block of Little Valley Road at just after 4 p.m. Thursday after the property owner reported a burglary in progress.

The victim then reported the couple was trying to get into the neighbor’s house, were loading items into a white Jeep Cherokee and then started going through the neighbor’s vehicle, according to dispatch reports.

The deputy arrived on the scene to find the Jeep still in the driveway and saw the lights flash as if someone had locked it remotely, Royal said.

The deputy then reportedly saw a man and a woman ducking down behind another vehicle on the property.

When contacted, the woman reportedly gave a false name of Alice Turner but eventually was identified as Alexandria Niela Caulfield, 32, of Lincoln.

The man was identified as Matthew Robert Edmunds, 35, of Reseda.

The Jeep was searched and the stolen items were located in boxes, Royal said. Deputies reportedly also found a small quantity of marijuana packaged for sale, scales, a methamphetamine pipe and hydrocodone in the vehicle.

Both suspects were booked into county jail on suspicion of second-degree burglary, criminal conspiracy and possessing marijuana for sale.

They were being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Samuel Adams arrested for second time in week

A Nevada City man who was taken into custody Saturday for allegedly burglarizing his ex-girlfriend’s residence was arrested Wednesday on drug charges.

Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies served a search warrant at the residence of Samuel Edward Adams, 29, Royal said.

They allegedly found methamphetamine and cocaine in Adams’ garage, as well as 15 syringes — and paperwork for his earlier arrest.

In that incident, deputies responded to the female victim’s residence after she called to report the burglary in progress with the suspect inside.

Adams reportedly was located hiding behind a bathroom door. Deputies reportedly found a loaded pistol in his vehicle, as well as hallucinogenic mushrooms and meth.

On Wednesday, Adams was arrested on suspicion of committing a felony while on bail and possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. He was booked and released on $11,000 bail.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.

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