TRUCKEE, Calif. - Police have arrested a 30-year-old local man in connection with a rash of snowblower thefts that occurred throughout the community late last year.
According to a Friday afternoon Truckee Police Department press release, Christopher David Nelson, 30, of Truckee was arrested Wednesday and booked at the Nevada County Sheriff's Office on felony theft charges.
A total of five Honda 828 snowblowers, each with an average retail price of $3,000, were stolen over a two-month period late last year, mostly from Thanksgiving to Christmas, according to police.
On Dec. 10, 2012, TPD issued an online alert through the Nixle web program, warning the community of the thefts. Following the alert, some residents informed police about possible suspects.
Detectives were able to identify two local suspects, one of whom was Nelson, according to police. The investigation is ongoing; additional suspects are yet to be identified.
"As with most property related crimes, these thefts were crimes of opportunity and involved machines which were left out and, in some cases, unlocked," according to police. "Please remember to secure your personal property and always record or mark your valuables with identifying information."
One snowblower has since been recovered and returned to the owner, while four others are unaccounted for and could be in use locally. Anyone with information on their whereabouts is encouraged to contact Truckee PD Investigations at 530-550-2323.
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