A transient out on bail in a felony vandalism case was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of additional vandalism, this time at the Lowe’s home-improvement store in Sonora.
Jeffrey Little, 61, was booked at the Tuolumne County jail on felony charges of vandalism, violation of probation and commission of a felony while out on bail.
About 3:35 a.m. Wednesday, a Sonora police officer conducting a patrol check of the Lowe’s store, 120 Old Wards Ferry Road, observed that a large number of items in front of the store had been broken and strewn about the parking lot. The items included gas and charcoal grills, wood splitters, wood chippers, picnic tables and pottery planters.
The officer had seen Little in the area a few hours earlier. Lowe’s surveillance footage shows Little damaging the items about 12:30 a.m., according to a report from the Sonora Police Department.
About 4:30 a.m., Little was located and taken into custody without incident. Lowe’s has estimated the damage to be well over $2,000.
Little was out on bail for felony vandalism and on felony probation for criminal threats. He is suspected in the late-August flooding vandalism of the Tuolumne County Behavioral Health facility.
Two floors of the old Tuolumne County Hospital on Hospital Road in Sonora were flooded the night of Aug. 28. Apparently someone jammed plastic down sink drains and then turned on all of the water faucets, according to a report in The Union Democrat. A witness in the parking lot saw the suspected vandal about 8:45 p.m. and called 911.
A Tuolumne County deputy said Wednesday that the total estimate of property damaged or stolen exceeded $4,900. The bulk of that cost was labor and materials to repair the damage.