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Placer authorities arrest 3 Nevada County residents in home invasion

The Union staff

Three Nevada County residents accused of a Newcastle home invasion remained Monday in the Placer County Jail, authorities said.

Derrick Michael Thomas, 30, of Penn Valley; and Grass Valley transients Lukas Mathew, 44, and Amanda Robertsen, 28, each face charges of robbery and conspiracy. Thomas and Mathew face additional charges of kidnapping and assault with a firearm, and Thomas also has an auto theft accusation, Placer County Jail records state.

Authorities accuse them of cutting the power to a Newcastle home around 4:30 a.m. Thursday before breaking inside the house. Masked and armed, they held a man at gunpoint in his bedroom while pretending they were law enforcement officers. They also forced a caretaker who was in the home into the man's room, where they bound her hands, a release states.

The suspects then took money and firearms before leaving. Thomas took the man's vehicle. Outside during the robbery, Robertsen drove the get-away car, authorities said.

The victim called 911, leading a deputy to arrive and see his car leaving the area. Moments later the deputy spotted the vehicle abandoned off a hill. Authorities found Thomas within the hour, reports state.

Detectives found Mathew and Robertsen in different parts of Nevada County several hours later, the release and records show.

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Mathew remained held Monday on $2.3 million in bond. Thomas' bond is $2.15 million. Also held on a Nevada County charge, Robertsen has no bond, reports state.

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