Man With Assault Rifle Involved in Two Robberies in Covelo, According to Mendocino Sheriff’s Office

This is a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

CaptureOn 05-10-2016 at approximately 5:30 AM, Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a forced-entry burglary at the Uptown Mercantile in Covelo, California.

The reporting party told Sheriff’s Office Dispatch that the suspect, Clarence Bruno III, was in the back of the business and in possession of an SKS type of assault-rifle.

By the time Deputies arrived on scene Bruno had left the business and had been located by Round Valley Tribal Police outside a nearby business. Bruno had been detained and property from Uptown Mercantile was found nearby.

Uptown Mercantile video showed Bruno and an unidentified female accomplice wearing a hooded sweatshirt break the business’s front window and remove approximately $2,300.00 worth of clothing and other property.

Piles of stolen clothing were recovered near where Bruno had been detained. Ammunition of the type used by an SKS rifle was located under a pile of the stolen merchandise but the firearm was never found.

Bruno was arrested for burglary, possession of ammunition by a prohibited person and violation of the terms of his Placer County probation.

Bruno was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $15,000.00 bail.

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