Grass Valley robbery: Suspects wreck during police chase |

Grass Valley robbery: Suspects wreck during police chase

Suspects allegedly robbed a cell phone store on Nevada City Highway in Grass Valley. A chase ensued that ended in a single car crash and all suspects in custody. The highway was back open by 6:40 p.m. Thursday.
Photo by Grass Valley Police Department

Authorities late Thursday attempted to identify suspects who fled after robbing the Grass Valley T-Mobile store and crashing on Highway 49, police said.

Officers captured three suspects around 5:30 p.m. on Highway 49, between Cherry Creek Road and Ladybird Drive, after they lost control of their blue Ford Taurus, struck an embankment and overturned. No other motorists were injured, and the suspects were taken to the Nevada County Jail after being released from the hospital, police said.

“We believe we have everyone in custody who was in the car at the time of the collision,” Sgt. Jason Perry said.

Initial reports indicated four robbers were involved. Three are in custody.

Sgt. Brian Blakemore said the three suspects in custody may not have provided their actual names, requiring a check of their fingerprints in a database. That check could reveal if the suspects are linked to other robberies.

According to police, the robbers around 5:15 p.m. entered the Nevada City Highway T-Mobile store. Wearing masks, they robbed the store of several devices and fled.

Police received a vehicle description and vague suspect description. Shortly after the robbery an officer spotted a vehicle that matched that description on Highway 49, at Lime Kiln Road, traveling southbound. A pursuit began, ending after some two miles when the suspects’ vehicle lost control because of speed and road conditions, Blakemore said.

The wreck stymied Highway 49 traffic for about an hour.

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