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Lock your car, take your keys, say police

After a car was stolen from a Nevada City gas station Tuesday, law enforcement is reminding people to refrain from leaving keys in their unlocked cars, even if their vehicles are left unattended for a few seconds.

“Most people don’t think of it,” Grass Valley Police Capt. Dave Remillard said Friday. “Someone could see it as an opportunity to take your car.”

On Wednesday afternoon, Grass Valley Police officers recovered a green Ford Escape, stolen Tuesday morning from the Express Mart gas station in Nevada City.

After he pumped gas, the owner left his car for a few seconds to run into the minimart.

A former employee of the owner spotted the Escape Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot of Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and called police.

Police contacted Ryan Aldrich, 22, who was sitting inside the vehicle with two juvenile girls.

The trio was waiting for a third girl who was being treated at the hospital for a broken hand.

Aldrich told officers he stole the car, Remillard said, and he was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft and a warrant.

“No one is immune to this happening,” Remillard said. “Don’t leave your keys in your car.”


To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail robynm@theunion.com or call 477-4236.

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