Grass Valley man arrested after allegedly breaking into house to sleep |

Grass Valley man arrested after allegedly breaking into house to sleep

A Grass Valley man was arrested after he allegedly broke into his family’s residence and was found with stolen items.

Grass Valley police officers were dispatched to the residence in the 100 block of Conaway Avenue at about 8:20 a.m. Thursday in response to a possible trespasser, said Sgt. Steve Johnson.

Family members reported that they believed Brandon Sinnock — who was no longer welcome at the residence — had broken into the house, coming in through a window, and was sleeping in a locked bedroom, Johnson said.

Officers were able to gain entry to the bedroom and allegedly found Sinnock asleep on the floor.

“Avoid leaving items of value in your vehicles. Or at least, secure them.”

— Sgt. Steve Johnson

“Next to him were needles, pills, two wallets, two cell phones and a handheld stun device,” Johnson said.

According to Johnson, one wallet belonged to Sinnock, but the other wallet appeared to have been stolen and contained the victim’s ID. One of the cell phones also appeared to have been stolen, from a different victim.

Sinnock, 24, was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of stolen property and drug paraphernalia, trespassing and violating probation.

He was booked into county jail and released on $12,500 bail.

Court records show 11 separate misdemeanor cases against Sinnock dating back to 2007. The most recent case charged him with petty theft for a May 9 arrest. He also was arrested in March on suspicion of petty theft, being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia; and in February for possessing drug paraphernalia.

In October 2012 Sinnock was arrested twice in the same day, allegedly for trying, and eventually succeeding, in stealing items from parked vehicles.

Sinnock allegedly was going from vehicle to vehicle, trying to open their doors. He was detained after a search allegedly revealed he had a hypodermic needle and other drug paraphernalia in his pockets, as well as a small tool set.

Later the same day, Sinnock allegedly was seen taking a purse from a vehicle in a parking lot in the 1200 block of East Main Street. He allegedly had an ATM and Visa card on him that belonged to someone else. He also allegedly had another needle and other paraphernalia, hidden in a sock in his pocket, and a large brick tucked inside the back of his waistband.

In the most recent burglaries, both victims reported the items had been stolen from unlocked vehicles, Johnson said.

“Avoid leaving items of value in your vehicles,” he said. “Or at least, secure them.”

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A Grass Valley police officer saw Rudy Valentine Garcia driving at a high rate of speed on May 18 and knew he was wanted for violating probation, Johnson said.

Garcia allegedly failed to stop and instead continued driving, trying to elude the officer by driving up East Main Street and then into an apartment complex on West Berryhill Drive.

He allegedly fled on foot into a wooded area but was found hiding in a clump of bushes, Johnson said.

A search of his vehicle allegedly uncovered a computer router, a monitor and a new-in-the-box Lenovo computer, which were subsequently linked to a recent break-in at Scooter’s Pals on Joerschke Drive.

Garcia, 29, was booked into county jail on suspicion of possessing stolen property, violating probation and evading a peace officer. He is being held without bail and was arraigned Friday.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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