Official: Homes raided for games |

Official: Homes raided for games

Police are on the lookout for burglars with a penchant for video games after a rash of vandalism at cul-de-sac homes outside of Grass Valley.

Five to seven homes in the last two months have been targeted by the vandals, Nevada County Sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Powell said.

Residents were not home during any of the burglaries, which have occurred on Greenhorn Road, Rattlesnake Road, Jones Ridge Road and Dog Bar Road.

A Penn Valley home on Country Heights Road also was hit recently.

“They smash doors off hinges and ransack the home,” Powell said. “But they take things like Game Boys and i-Pods, leaving behind items of value, such as jewelry or home electronics.”

Most of the targeted homes have been on dead-end streets and were vandalized between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“We don’t really understand the motive,” Powell said, “but we’re concerned it will happen when someone is home.”

One man whose house was targeted arrived home in time to see a truck leaving from in front of his property, Powell said.

The truck was dark colored, possibly a Chevrolet with a camper shell. The truck was noisy, emitting a knocking sound or a loud exhaust.

Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to call the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office at 265-1471.


To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail or call 477-4236.

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