Subject of failed manhunt ID’d |

Subject of failed manhunt ID’d

Allan Pollock

Law enforcement officials have identified a Rocklin man as the main suspect in a string of burglaries that culminated Tuesday in a massive manhunt around Grass Valley, which involved a handful of agencies’ officers, dogs and a helicopter.

The wanted man was identified Wednesday as Allan Pollock, a 25-year-old Rocklin native, whom Grass Valley Police Dept. Capt. Rex Marks described as a frequent offender in the Nevada County area.

“He’s probably the one likely connected to a number of burglaries we’re working on right now,” Marks said in reference to a weekend break-in at the Food Bank of Nevada County and the theft of the organization’s truck Monday night. Marks indicated that Pollock is implicated in a half dozen other thefts, perhaps more.

“He’s a local, known to us. Unfortunately, he slipped through the cracks,” Marks said. “We’re waiting for him to resurface. It’s just a matter of time.”

Tuesday’s pursuit started with a smash-and-grab robbery at the Empire Mine State Historic Park that afternoon when money was taken from a donation box. Witnesses identified a man believed to be Pollock as the unarmed perpetrator.

Shortly after, a man matching Pollock’s description was seen in the area of Colfax Avenue and Ophir Street and eventually was spotted near Memorial Park by a Grass Valley Police officer.

The man fled and the pursuing agencies expanded to include a California Highway Patrol helicopter, a K-9 unit from Placer County, state parks rangers, Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies and Nevada City Police officers. Despite a nearly four-hour manhunt, the suspect evaded capture Tuesday and the search was called off shortly after 7 p.m., Marks said.

Pollock is described as a 5-foot, 11-inch, 160-pound buzzed brown hair bald man with tattoos on his chest, according Grass Valley Police Sgt. Steve Johnson.

He was booked into the Placer County jail on July 18 for charges involving a vehicular theft, according to that county’s sheriff’s department.

Anyone with any information on Pollock is encouraged to contact 911 immediately, Johnson said.

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email or call 530-477-4236.

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