Two arrested for theft of traced tractor
Two men may face criminal charges for their alleged involvement in stealing construction equipment – possibly valued at $10,000 – after an anti-theft device led police to the stolen Bobcat tractor in Grass Valley.
Randy Frazer of Grass Valley posted bond and has been released from jail, while Dover Spike of Lincoln remains in jail in Wayne Brown Correctional Facility in Nevada City on vehicle theft charges.
Spike and Frazer allegedly conspired to steal a 1999 Bobcat tractor from the Lincoln area, said Grass Valley Police Capt. Dave Remillard. The men may not have known the tractor was equipped with a LoJack security system, which led police right to the tractor.
The men had the tractor sent to a home on the 100 block of West Empire Street. The tractor is worth more than $10,000 used, according to machinerytrader.com.
The people who live at the home apparently had nothing to do with the alleged crime, Remillard said.
The LoJack is similar to the OnStar system for cars and trucks, which automatically activates a tracking system once the vehicle is reported stolen.
LoJack staff contacted the California Highway Patrol as soon as the tractor was reported missing Friday and gave them an approximate location of the stolen property.
The CHP contacted the Grass Valley Police Department because the tractor was located within the police department’s jurisdiction.
“It’s a great tool for us,” Remillard said. “From a police perspective, it’s inexpensive insurance in the event that your expensive equipment is stolen.”
Local construction companies often report stolen construction equipment, including hand tools and larger equipment, such as backhoes and tractors, which are often taken from construction sites, Remillard said.
Frazer was arrested on suspicion of receiving or concealing stolen property and Spike was arrested on suspicion of auto theft and possession of stolen property.
The District Attorney has not filed charges against the men but their cases are under review, a DA staff member said Tuesday.
To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4236.
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