Squatter Chased from Covelo Residence Says Mendocino Sheriff’s Office

Mendocino Sheriff’s Office Press Release:

On 08/03/13 deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were detailed to investigate the burglary of a cabin off of Highway 162 near Covelo, Ca.  Deputies learned a vacation cabin had been broken into and items were taken.  The reporting party advised he had walked to a neighboring cabin and had seen through the window items of his property inside this residence.  He contacted the neighboring property owner and learned no one was supposed to be at this cabin.

On 08/04/13 deputies met with the reporting party for further investigation of the crime. Deputies also spoke with the owner of the second cabin where the stolen property had been seen and learned no one was supposed to be at the location.  Deputies walked to the residence where they encountered a subject outside of the residence.  Deputies attempted to contact the subject who picked up a firearm and began to run away from the cabin.  Deputies ordered the subject to drop the firearm several times, and the subject complied throwing the firearm to the ground, while continuing to run away.  The subject fled the location and ran down the Eel River canyon towards Dos Rios, Ca.

The residence was cleared and no additional suspects were located.  Deputies located the firearm which had been dropped by the suspect and found it was a crudely fashioned shotgun which had been constructed of plumbing materials and was loaded with a 12 gauge shotgun round.  Also located at the residence were items of stolen property which belonged to the reporting party.  These items were recovered and returned to the owner. Further investigation revealed this second residence had also been entered through a window and it appeared the suspect was a transient who had taken up residence in the cabin.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male adult in his mid 40s to early 50’s.  5’ 09” to 6’0” with brown hair, and a gray beard.  The suspect was last seen wearing blue jeans and a tan beanie type cap.  Anyone with information regarding this subject is urged to contact Sergeant Matt Kendall, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, at (707) 463-4086.


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