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.



  • What’s with all the crime in Covelo? Is this the Hoopa of Mendocino County?

  • Has been in the past.

  • What’s with all the crime in Humboldt County. Is it because it adjoins Mendocino County?

  • Lots of methicans in mendo too.

  • Sloth,..

  • mendocino mamma

    Nasty ass creepy people day after day. Hell in a handbasket! Ya ta hey!

  • Wait.15000 bail. So this guy can be back on the streets for 1500 bucks? Wtf

  • Yea the $15k bail is weak.. I guess feeding him to the bears is too harsh. Maybe =next= time…

  • There was an assault outside the Buckhorn dive about two weeks ago. Six thugs waited outside the bar and jumped a bar patron and his wife. Beat the man’s face to a bloody pulp. The report sits on the county DA’s desk. A member of one of Covelo’s better known crime families, with a string of burglaries, assaults, car thefts’ parole violations, was involved as the chief instigator and assailant. And you know this POS will be given yet another catch and release free pass such is the sorry state of law enforcement here in Covelo. Keep these demented punks, most who suffer from fetal alcohol syndrome, in jail. They are totally incorrigible and victimize our entire community.

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