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Auburn prowler alert more than late-night Halloween scare

Arrests of two men after Auburn car burglary
By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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A report of two men prowling around a residential area of Luther Road in North Auburn during the early morning hours of Wednesday led to an arrest shortly afterward by Placer County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

A Halloween-morning search of the 1995 Jeep the two men were found in turned up contraband, ammunition and drugs - resulting in more charges added to the initial prowling allegation.

The two men are also suspected of burglarizing a car in the 1300-block of Racquet Club Drive, a Sheriff’s Office report said.

Sheriff’s deputies, aided by Auburn police, found stolen mail, ski passes, and two garage-door openers when they searched the Jeep, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

Also discovered were hypodermic needles, heroin, meth and two drug-smoking pipes, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Nathaniel Thomas Bahling, 27, of Colfax, and Timothy Lee Vanzandt, 27, of Auburn, were arrested shortly after 3 a.m. on suspicion of prowling around private property, entering an unlocked vehicle to steal property, being in possession of ammunition, and drug possession. The two were deemed not eligible for bail.

Bahling was also arrested on an El Dorado County warrant. Vanzandt was taken into custody for breaching post-release community supervision terms related to a Placer County conviction.