Shortly after a shoplifting incident occurred at KMart Thursday evening, Grass Valley Police officers were dispatched to a report of a fire in the wooded area between KMart and Freeman Lane. Sgt. Jason Perry says officers contacted two men in the area , Stephen Phillips, age 33, and Chad Roylance, age 37, who appeared to be homeless, and admitted that they had started the fire to stay warm.
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A loss prevention officer from KMart came over and identified Roylance as the suspect who had stolen items from the store. Because of Roylance’s extensive theft history he was booked into the jail with an enhanced charge of theft which is a felony. Both Roylance and Phillips were also book for disorderly conduct for being drunk in public.