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Reward offered in recent burglary

A Grass Valley auto detailer is offering a $1,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for burglarizing his home.

Matt Gervase, 30, had been away celebrating his birthday with his girlfriend in Lake Tahoe when his apartment on Joerschke Drive was burglarized March 14.

He came home to find the place turned upside down and his life savings gone.



“The whole place was trashed,” Gervase said, “including the living room and the kitchen. The only thing that wasn’t touched was my son’s room.”

Gervase’s 4-year-old son lives with him half of every week. The child was not present when Gervase discovered the mess.




The burglar ” or burglars ” took Gervase’s safe containing cash payments he earned as a mobile auto detailer ” his life savings of $9,000.

Gervase has a separate bank account for the checks he receives on the job, but all the cash is gone, he said.

“They also took a camcorder and a DVD player, and they ripped out the hard drive to my computer.”

The thieves entered through a front sliding-glass door, leaving a crowbar they did not appear to have used for the burglary.

Grass Valley Police Capt. Dave Remillard said there are currently no suspects in the crime.

“We’re in the process of investigating this,” Remillard said. He said the burglars may have taken Gervase’s hard drive to access his online banking information.

Gervase said he is hoping the burglar bragged to someone about pulling off the crime, and he’s willing to give up $1,000 to see the burglars held accountable.

“They took seven years worth of cash payments,” Gervase said. “I’m just upset.”

Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call the Grass Valley Police Department at 477-4600 and ask for Det. Colin Nelson or Det. Sgt. Doug Hren.

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


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