Nevada County man arrested for attempted theft of skid steer loader

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On Thursday, December 16, 2021, officers found a man suspected of attempting to steal a skid steer loader at a housing construction site on Ridge Road in Grass Valley, California.

Grass Valley Police Department

Officers responding to a neighbor’s report Thursday night found a Nevada County man trying to steal a skid steer loader at a housing construction site in Grass Valley, police said.

At around 7:15 p.m., the neighbor called dispatchers to report a suspicious vehicle entering the construction site along Ridge Road, the Grass Valley Police Department said in a Facebook post on Friday.

Police said officers arrived at the job site and found the theft suspect, later identified as Samuel Adams, “stealing” the skid steer loader. Police released photos from the scene, showing the skid steer loader had already been loaded onto a trailer hitched to a pickup.

A skid steer loader is a small piece of construction equipment with four wheels or two tracks used primarily for digging during construction and landscaping jobs. The Grass Valley construction site skid steer loader had two tracks.

Officers also found Adams in possession of a loaded semi-automatic pistol and what was believed to be a small amount of methamphetamine, police said. Adams remained in custody at the Nevada County Jail Friday night.

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Rosalio Ahumada writes breaking news articles related to crime and public safety for The Sacramento Bee. He is fluent in Spanish and has worked as a journalist in the Central Valley since 2004.


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