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Suspects arrested in burglaries

After several months of investigation, authorities believe they have solved a series of business and residential burglaries, and one Nevada City suspect has been arrested for the third time since last month.

The stolen property that has been recovered so far is valued at several hundred thousand dollars, according to authorities.

Donald Lee McGuckin, 38, was taken into custody again for what is now a laundry list of theft-related charges. Alleged accomplice Jonathan Church, 34, also was arrested at McGuckin’s home and faces a variety of burglary-related charges.



“Like we said the last two times we arrested (McGuckin), the investigation is continuing,” Grass Valley Police Capt. Dave Remillard said.

In all, investigators have found property that belongs to SBC, computer equipment from Network Real Estate and Sierra Motor Sports, property from the Northern Queen Inn and the Miners Family Health Center in Nevada City, medical equipment from Sierra Care Physicians, and property from a home burglary on Boulder Street in Nevada City.




Several metering devices belonging to SBC were worth $100,000 by themselves, Remillard said. There is still additional property that needs to be identified, and it could connect the suspect to even more burglaries, he said.

On. Jan. 9, McGuckin was arrested on charges of burglary, grand theft, possession of drug paraphernalia, altering the identification on a firearm and four counts of carrying a concealed weapon. He is scheduled to enter a plea in April.

Almost a month later, on Feb. 8, Grass Valley police and Nevada County sheriff’s investigators searched McGuckin’s Boulder Street home in Nevada City. McGuckin was arrested with three others. They were not believed to be connected to the thefts.

McGuckin was booked on charges of possession of a controlled substance, being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, committing a felony while out on bail, possession of stolen property, burglary and possession of a controlled substance for sale.

Most recently, investigators again searched McGuckin’s home and a self-storage unit in Penn Valley on Feb. 16 and arrested him on suspicion of grand theft, as well as on two counts each of burglary, grand theft and committing a felony while out on bail.

Also arrested at McGuckin’s home was Church, who faces charges of burglary and grand theft stemming from a Dec. 15 crime; and burglary, grand theft, possession of stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia and being under the influence of a controlled substance, stemming from a Feb. 11 crime.

It was not clear Monday which crimes the court documents were referring to. Church pleaded innocent to the charges last week and is scheduled to appear in court again today.

Each time McGuckin was arrested, he quickly bailed out of jail.

“We will keep arresting him,” Remillard said. “That’s no problem at all.”


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