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Downtown struck by car thieves

Four vehicles were stolen from downtown Grass Valley Wednesday night or early Thursday morning in the most recent of several theft sprees for western Nevada County.

It was not clear whether the crimes were related to the rash of thefts at Lake of the Pines or in Lake Wildwood. It was also not clear if the thefts were connected to two men who led Grass Valley police on a short pursuit early Thursday.

The first downtown theft was reported at 8:16 a.m. Thursday, on the 300 block of South Church Street. The car was a 1988 red Toyota MR2 with three bumper stickers: “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention,” “KMVR,” and “Question Consumption.”



The theft likely will make daily life difficult for the victim, student Anna Snelgrove.

“I’m starting school in Rocklin and I work in Auburn,” Snelgrove said. “This is ruining me.”




The car’s license plate is 3MBV215, and it was stolen before 7 a.m., Snelgrove said.

“It was locked and everything,” she said.

At 9:53 a.m., a 1988 dark blue four-door Honda Accord, license plate 4FQX375, was reported stolen from the 1000 block of West Main Street

At noon, a 1986 white Toyota pickup, license plate number 3E34821, was reported stolen from Walsh Street. Thirty-six minutes later, a caller in the same general area reported a 1990 Toyota truck stolen. The last truck was red, blue, white and gray in color, with license plate number 4B36368.

“Due to the amount of the (vehicle thefts), and the proximity, they are most likely related,” Grass Valley Police Sgt. Dave Remillard said. “We believe there was more than one person involved. We will be stepping up patrol.”

Police did not have any suspects Thursday afternoon. Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to call Grass Valley police at 477-4600, Remillard said.

Police were not sure Thursday whether the four vehicle thefts were related to a police pursuit in the Brunswick Basin at 4:14 a.m., after police got a call of an intoxicated man trying to buy alcohol on Plaza Drive. When officers arrived, a late 1980s model Honda CRX, with two men inside, took off. The officers ended the pursuit for safety reasons a short time later.

The two suspects were reportedly arrested later in the day by sheriff’s deputies. Their names were not available Thursday evening.

Remillard said the police department wants to remind area residents to protect their property and not let it fall in the hands of thieves.

“It’s imperative they remove all valuable property from their vehicles, lock all their doors and take their keys with them,” he said.

The thefts occurred within weeks of similar crimes in the gated communities of Lake Wildwood and Lake of the Pines.

A suspect in the rash of Lake Wildwood thefts and break-ins has been arrested, and charges are expected to be filed soon. No arrests have been made in connection to several thefts in Lake of the Pines.


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