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Raid ends in burglary charges

Grass Valley police detectives on Tuesday arrested two men suspected of burglarizing a Carpenter Street home and stealing a firearm last week. The detectives raided an East Main Street apartment where the two were believed to be staying,

Kenneth Franklin Lewis, 20, of Grass Valley, and John Bacus, 18, of Nevada City, were arrested around 3:30 p.m. on charges of grand theft, criminal conspiracy, burglary, and possession of prescription drugs without a prescription.

Because police believed the two were still in possession of the handgun, the Special Incident Team – the city’s SWAT unit – was brought in to make sure the surveillance and arrest went smoothly, police Capt. Greg Hart said.



The Nevada County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force assisted in the arrests, as well.

Lewis was arrested without protest at 317 E. Main St., but Bacus reportedly tried to run away.




“He jumped onto a roof, but somebody saw him and told him to come down,” said Michael Torres, a neighbor who witnessed the raid.

Hart said the arrests are not related to the recent string of vehicle burglaries in the west part of Grass Valley.

Both Lewis and Bacus complained of pain and were taken to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital before being booked at the county jail, Hart said.

Both were also recently arrested on other cases. Bacus pleaded innocent Jan. 9 to charges of burglary, grand theft, resisting a police officer and failing to appear in court. The charges stem from a November 2003 arrest when he was suspected of breaking into Memorial Park Pool in Grass Valley.

Lewis was arrested Feb. 7 on suspicion of battery causing serious bodily injury.


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