Tip leads to arrest of 5 for burglaries
Five suspects who allegedly hit four Nevada County restaurants and two schools in a late-night burglary spree were arrested over the weekend after authorities received a tip and located their vehicle.
The arrested people were all in custody late Monday on $10,000 bail each. They were:
• Jonathan A. Cronan, 18, of Grass Valley, booked on suspicion of burglary, receiving known stolen property and criminal conspiracy.
• Patrick B. Cronan, 20, of Grass Valley, booked on suspicion of burglary, receiving known stolen property and conspiracy.
• Grant P. McInnis, 18, of Penn Valley, booked on suspicion of burglary, receiving known stolen property and conspiracy.
• Anthony D. Frater, 19, of Campbell, on suspicion of burglary, receiving known stolen property and conspiracy.
• Joseph M. Frater, 21, of Campbell, booked on suspicion of burglary, conspiracy and possessing known stolen property.
Deputies were responding to a burglary at the Tuscany Gardens restaurant in Penn Valley at about 3 a.m. Sunday when a call came of another break-in at nearby Pleasant Valley School, Lt. Jeff Powell of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said.
Responding deputies found a cash box along Pleasant Valley Road and learned that Williams Ranch School in the area also had been broken into, Powell said. All of the buildings had been entered after a window or entrance was smashed with a baseball bat.
Officers were already looking for a vehicle that reportedly was driven away from a similar burglary late Saturday night at Larry and Lena’s Pizza in Penn Valley. They found the vehicle at about 5 a.m. at Highway 20 and Penn Valley Road, Powell said.
When deputies spoke to the suspects inside the vehicle, “their stories weren’t jibing,” Powell said. Deputies also noticed one of the suspects had cuts on his hands and glass shards in his clothing, indicating he may have been involved in smashing windows.
Three of the men had rolls of bills on them from $250 to $300 in tens, fives and ones, Powell said. When they said they had gotten the cash from an ATM, deputies were suspicious because area ATMs do not normally issue bills under $20.
About $1,100 was found in the car, Powell said.
The suspects also had Italian wine and beer with them that matched up with missing liquor from Tuscany Gardens, Powell said.
While the investigation was underway, the authorities learned that similar smash-and-run burglaries had occurred Saturday night at Miner Moe’s Pizza and the Subsational restaurant in Grass Valley. A safe with $500 in it had been taken from Miner Moe’s and petty cash from Subsational.
More loot from the burglaries allegedly was found during a later search of McInnis’ residence, Powell said.
To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail email@example.com, or call 477-4237.
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