Stolen jewelry found on Grass Valley man, link him to burglaries
Grass Valley police first encountered Daniel Stuart Straight over the weekend when he complained, loudly, about the theft of his bong, authorities said.
Hours later officers had the 21-year-old Straight, of Grass Valley, in custody on burglary accusations after they found between $1,500 to $2,000 worth of jewelry on him, Sgt. Clint Bates said.
Arrested early Monday, Straight is charged with three felonies: two counts of second-degree burglary and a count of receipt of known stolen property. He remained that afternoon in the Nevada County Jail on $10,000 in bond, authorities said.
Officers first spoke with Straight Sunday afternoon after they heard someone screaming downtown. At the police department, the officers checked the area and found Straight at a nearby business, Bates said.
“He was very upset, yelling, screaming, about the theft of his marijuana bong,” the sergeant added.
Straight was asked to leave the area, which he did. Officers didn’t encounter him again until early Monday, after hearing an alarm at a downtown business, Bates said.
Dispatchers around 12:45 a.m. directed police to a business in the 100 block of East Main Street, where they spotted a rock and a broken window. Nearby video surveillance revealed Straight picking up a rock and then walking off camera. He later fled from the scene, the sergeant said.
Around 4 a.m. officers found Straight in the 300 block of South Auburn Street. They took him into custody and found jewelry on him with a store’s price tags attached. Police also found an iPad, Bates said.
“It was obvious to the officers that it was property for sale inside a business,” he added.
Police then began a door-by-door check of area businesses, finding one in the 400 block of South Auburn Street with a broken window. A rock was inside the store, which had been ransacked, Bates said.
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