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Couple Arrested After Moving Into Vacant House

A Southern California couple deciding to move into a vacant house in Grass Valley ended up moving into the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility instead. Sunday afternoon, Grass Valley Police responded to a call reporting that someone had entered a house that was known to be vacant. Sergeant Clint Bates says that the reporting person confronted one individual because he knew the house was supposed to be empty.
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Cortez,-Jacob1 McClure,-Rachel129 year-old Jacob Cortez of Ventura was detained. Officers then surrounded the house and noted the suspects had apparently entered through a broken window that led to a pantry area. Officers identified themselves while ordering anyone else in the building to come out. At that time a female suspect, 37 year-old Rachel McClure also of Ventura, came out and was also detained. Officers then went inside the home.
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Both suspects were then taken into custody for second degree burglary. Cortez had additional charges stemming form warrants out of Southern California. Bates says that often times, law enforcement will work with property owners of vacant houses to leave a pattern of lights turned on and window coverings raised so officers passing by can identify if the house has been entered or occupied.

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