Man charged in Quincy rampage; held without bail

Plumas News reported in late September about the mayhem that ensued overnight in Quincy on Sept. 26-27. The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney have been working to piece together a complicated investigation that included multiple crime scenes. A suspect was in custody almost immediately, but he wasn’t charged until Oct. 11 after enough evidence was collected and assembled.

Zephaniah Paul Mosely, age 39 of Reno, Nevada, was arrested for a series of crimes occurring during the evening of Sept. 26 and into the morning of the 27th in Quincy.

Mosely was initially held Sept. 27 on two violations of his formal probation while the investigation continued.

On Oct. 11, Plumas County District Attorney David Hollister charged Mosely with five felony counts stemming from an arson of a vehicle in the alley behind Morning Thunder restaurant, as well as the burglary and vandalism of the Plumas County Museum and the Yuba Expeditions Bike Shop located inside the Sierra Buttes Stewardship office near the airport in Quincy.

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In addition, to the three incidents charged, the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a series of apparently related crimes from the same evening involving a burglary at Gott Powersports, vandalisms at the airport hangers, the burglary at American Valley Hardware and damage to two separate propane lines. Anyone that has information concerning these incidents is encouraged to call Plumas County Sheriff’s Detective Christina Vickrey at 530-283-6385.

Given the new charges and the danger to the community, on Oct. 15, the Superior Court Judge Janet Hilde ordered Mosely held in custody without bail. Mosely’s next court date in Oct. 22.