Grass Valley police arrest Nevada City man in attempted robbery at jewelry store |

Grass Valley police arrest Nevada City man in attempted robbery at jewelry store

The Grass Valley Police Department has arrested a 39-year-old man in connection with the Dec. 30 attempted robbery of a Colfax Avenue jewelry store.

Vincent Delavega was taken into custody at his Mystic Mine Court home on Jan. 21 by detectives from the Grass Valley/Nevada City Joint Investigation Unit.

Delavega was charged with attempted robbery, burglary, conspiracy, being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged with committing a felony while out on bail for previous theft- and drug-related incidents in Nevada and Yuba counties.

He is being held in Nevada County Jail on $200,000 bail.

According to authorities, Delavega allegedly entered Stevenson’s Jewelry, located at 462 Colfax Ave., on Dec. 30 as employees were closing the store for the evening. He then tried to take a tray of jewelry from an employee who was transferring it to the store’s safe.

A second employee saw the incident occur on the shop’s video surveillance system and went to help, causing the suspect to flee. GVPD Lt. Steve Johnson said officers believe Delavega hopped into a car waiting outside, which sped off.

Authorities were able to review surveillance footage when they arrived on the scene, but Delavega was wearing a hooded jacket zipped up to cover his lower face, and also had a scarf or rag tied around his head, Johnson said.

“You couldn’t see any of his facial features at all,” Johnson said.

Johnson said authorities were able to use other “distinct physical characteristics” — including the suspect’s shoes, body size and mannerisms ­— to “zero in” on Delavega.

Officers are still searching for the driver of the car they believe sped away from the scene with Delavega inside. Johnson said store employees weren’t able to describe the car’s make or model, or the driver.

To contact Staff Writer Emily Lavin, email or call 530-477-4230.

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