In his ongoing effort to school the local bumpkins, Jeff “Podunk” Pelline assumes many guises. One of them is Mr. Crime Stopper.
After the Nevada City branch of Tri-Counties Bank was robbed for the third time in two years, Podunk demanded in 2016 that the city council investigate the town’s police department. His demand was ignored.
The bank is apparently in close proximity to the Pelline manse, and he conjured up images of bank robbers fleeing through the neighborhood, endangering women and children living in the area. It didn’t occur to Mr. Crime Stopper that the bank is an attractive target because it is next to the main escape route out-of-town, Highway 49.
Podunk has also complained about the ruffians who loiter about the Chevron gas station and mini-mart in Nevada City, a business that’s within shouting distance of where he lives. It apparently never occurred to him when he was buying his house that an establishment that can sell alcohol until 2 a.m. just might be noisy at night.
It now appears the gas station was the site of an effort to steal the identities of unsuspecting customers. Authorities have found skimmers on two of the gas station’s pumps, placed there by thieves who want to steal the debit and credit card information of customers.
It’s estimated that about 30 customers have been victimized to the tune of about $30,000. Was Jeffie one of them? Well, we know the family likes to spend gas money down the hill at the Arco station in Auburn, so my guess is he buys most of his gas at the Arco station in Grass Valley.
Then there’s Pioneer Park, within walking distance for somebody in reasonable shape. I have personally experienced people drinking alcohol and consuming illegal substances in that park. No telling what else goes on there that I haven’t seen.
All of this crime may explain why he installed a security system in his home. You can never be too careful in high crime towns like Nevada City.