Thief finds easy pickins’ |

Thief finds easy pickins’

Spare change, iPods and flashlights left in unlocked cars proved irresistible recently to a thief roaming around a neighborhood on the outskirts of Grass Valley.

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office received reports of at least 14 cases of car break-ins on Friday morning that had happened overnight, according to Sgt. John Kropp.

“It was a crime of opportunity,” said Kropp, adding that while some cars had been broken into, most had been left unlocked in the victims’ driveways with items in plain sight.

“People had left valuables in the glove box or sitting on the seat or console,” said Kropp.

The break-ins took place in a residential area where Highway 174 crosses Burma Road and North Meadow View Drive.

Calls started coming into the sheriff’s office at 9:09 a.m. Friday and continued throughout the morning and afternoon.

Residents reported stolen cash, flashlights, tools and a small headlamp. In one case, someone reported a missing insurance card and registration.

While no arrests have been made in connection with the case, Kropp expressed hope that if the thief struck again, residents would make the individual’s job more difficult by locking their cars and hiding valuables from sight.


To contact Staff Writer Jill Bauerle, e-mail or call 477-4219.

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