Alleged Shoplifter Captured by Shop Owner
Yesterday, around noon, Garberville business owner Richard Barnick apprehended a man he alleged stole from his shop. The suspect, Levi Andrew McDonald, was arrested and booked on charges of larceny.
Fellow business owner Blake Lehman witnessed the event. He says he went to Barnick’s aid. “Richard had this guy down on the ground. He said, ‘All I want is my stuff.'”
Lehman said at first the suspect denied stealing anything but then said indignantly, “I didn’t steal from you today.”
According to Lehman, Barnick again demanded that the man pull items he had taken from his pants. The man eventually pulled a packaged headlamp out, said Lehman, at which point another business owner said that that item had been taken from her store.
Lehman said that both of the other business owners claim that they have videoed McDonald taking items from their business.
McDonald was arrested at 12:20 p.m. and released at 2:48 p.m. without paying bail.