Stolen vehicles recovered
Authorities spent the better part of Saturday recovering vehicles that had recently been reported stolen.
The vehicles found included those stolen from downtown Grass Valley last Thursday, a trailer that was reported missing in late December with $30,000 of tools inside and vehicles reported stolen in other counties.
It is still not clear whether any of these thefts are related to a recent rash of vehicle thefts in Lake Wildwood or Lake of the Pines, authorities said.
The majority of the stolen vehicles were located after a caller on Jones Bar Road in Nevada City reported the presence of several loiterers near the caller’s property.
When Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies went to search for the loiterers, they stumbled upon a stolen vehicle. After a more intense search, three more vehicles were found.
Grass Valley Police Sgt. Michael Hooker said Sunday that it is believed the loiterers are involved in the thefts.
“People of interest have been developed,” he said. “They are locals.”
One of the vehicles was a trailer that was stolen from the Packard Drive home of Scott and Sandra Reynolds the week before Christmas. The trailer contained $30,000 in carpentry tools and several Christmas presents for the Reynolds’ children.
At the time it was found, the once white trailer was spray painted black.
“They tore up the electrical stuff inside,” Sandra Reynolds said. “All the big, expensive (tools) were stolen.”
Scott Reynolds has been a lifelong carpenter. Since losing the trailer, the Reynolds have received many donations of tools and money from community members.
“It truly got us through that hard time,” Sandra Reynolds said. “The tools let my husband keep working.”
She said that getting the trailer back has made them more hopeful about moving on.
“The trailer is definitely repairable,” she said. “It feels good to have it back and get a lead to get the guy who did this punished.”
Hooker said that inside the stolen trailer and in some of the other vehicles, officers found what appears to be a large cache of construction equipment that had been reported stolen from around Nevada County and beyond.
“There was quite a bit of stuff inside the trailer that wasn’t my husband’s,” Sandra Reynolds said.
Also found at the Jones Bar Road location was a trailer reported stolen from Auburn, a car reported stolen from Sacramento and a 1990 multicolored Toyota truck that was reported stolen from downtown Grass Valley Thursday morning.
The truck was one of five vehicles reported stolen between Wednesday night and Thursday morning from downtown.
A Honda Accord stolen from West Main Street was found in Citrus Heights. A Toyota MR2 that was stolen from South Church Street was recovered in Folsom.
Anna Snelgrove, the Toyota’s owner, said that while a backpack and a portable CD player were missing, the car was in good shape. Burglary tools were found inside the car, she said.
A Chevrolet truck stolen from the Safeway parking lot Wednesday night was located in West Sacramento, minus the handgun and rifle that had been left inside, Hooker said.
The only vehicle that has not been found is a 1986 white Toyota pickup, license plate number 3E34821. It was reported missing from Walsh Street Thursday morning.
A suspect in the rash of Lake Wildwood thefts and break-ins has been arrested, and charges are expected to be filed soon.
Anyone with information about any of the thefts is asked to call the Grass Valley Police Department at 477-4600, or the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office at 265-1471.
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