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Dairy Queen burglary leads to six bookings

Ronda C. Sluder

A burglary and theft at the Dairy Queen Saturday night led to a drug connection and arrests of six individuals by Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies on Sunday, officials said.

According to the sheriff’s press release, 39-year-old Vernon Johnson of Las Vegas, Nev., was arrested for allegedly breaking into the establishment and stealing cash from the safe. The ensuing investigation revealed that the money was allegedly to be used for purchasing drugs and resulted in the arrests and booking of Truckee residents Alfredo Abelar, 25, Mario Cruz, 39, Miguel Gonzales, 23, David Marquez, 19, and Cazares Valdina,19, on a variety of controlled substance charges.

According to Sgt. Tom Carrington, Deputy Rick Christensen responded to the call, arriving on the scene at approximately 7 a.m. No forced entry was found, but the office and file cabinet were broken into. He said the owner suspected it was an employee theft, since a key was used to enter the main building.

Christensen went to the suspect’s home to conduct a permissive search and found a crank handle with paint on it matching that of the safe drawer. The paint transfer confirmed this was the tool used in the break-in.

Mark Stearns, Dairy Queen owner, said this is the first burglary he has had in the six years his business has been open. He said about $850 was stolen.

“You work your butt off and then when your store is broken into you feel violated,” Stearns said. “I could care less about the money, I just wanted to catch who ever did it. I could have kissed those sheriffs for catching them in the first day-they did a fantastic job!”

The sheriff’s department is still investigating the case.


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