Two pickups, tools stolen from business in GV |

Two pickups, tools stolen from business in GV

Grass Valley police are looking for thieves who stole two pickups from Brewer Heating and Air Conditioning, took a third for a joy ride, and stole tools from five other work vehicles.

“They knew what they were doing,” said owner Rob Brewer, who estimated the loss at more than $40,000.

The vehicles were taken from the business at 937 Golden Gate Terrace between 5 p.m. Tuesday and 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The trucks included a white 2000 Dodge half-ton pickup with the company name painted on the side and a utility box filled with tools. The other, a 1977 Chevy with red primer, was being fixed by the owner’s son.

“The thing that gets me is, it had only a half-gallon of gas, and the whole front end was held on with a U-bolt,” Brewer said of the older truck. “I don’t know how it could’ve gotten very far.”

But police learned of two downtown sightings of the Chevy.

“It’s kind of a dangerous type of situation,” Sgt. Mike Hooker said, noting that the truck bed was also precariously fastened.

It appeared a third vehicle was taken for a ride because it was moved from its parking spot, and the ignition was punched out, allowing the truck to be started without a key. Keys to all three vehicles have been accounted for.

“Time to move to Idaho,” joked the 44-year-old Brewer. “The crime here is just crazy.”

The business, which employs 14, recently had four tires and rims stolen from a vehicle, and there have been five similar incidents in 10 years, Brewer said.

His short-term solution will include letting employees take their work vehicles home each night for safekeeping.

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