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Stanislaus County auto, firearm theft arrest in Auburn

By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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Running a license plate parked at an Auburn-area motel led to the quick arrest Tuesday of a suspect in a Stanislaus County burglary.

Arrested was 28-year-old Adam Neault. The Yuba City resident was booked into Placer County Jail in North Auburn on suspicion of burglary and auto theft.

According to a Placer County Sheriff’s Office report, Nealt was arrested in the Motel 6 parking lot in Bowman after the vehicle he was seen in was discovered to have been stolen.

“Deputies quickly approached the car, which took Neault by surprise,” the Sheriff’s Office said.

When searching the car, deputies found a loaded handgun in the center console, a loaded shotgun in the trunk, jewelry, a safe, bags of ammunition and checks made out to a variety of companies and individuals, the Sheriff’s Office said.

When an investigating deputy called the owner of the stolen vehicle in Stanislaus County, he learned that a shotgun, jewelry and safe were stolen along with the car during a break-in earlier in the week, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

Neault had previously been released on bail for burglary charges in Sutter County. Bail was set at $185,000 for Neault.