Stolen Vehicle and Theft Tools Located in Willits With Three Suspects, Says Mendocino Sheriff

Brandon Lawson and Heather Schmidt

Brandon Lawson and Heather Schmidt. Kylee Wood’s photo is unavailable. [Photo from the Mendocino County 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:

On 07-21-17 at approximately 7:45 P.M., a Deputy with the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office was on uniformed patrol in the Willits, California.

The Deputy observed a sedan traveling in the area of Sherwood Hill Drive and noticed multiple vehicle infractions being committed.

The Deputy initiated a traffic enforcement stop on the vehicle in the area of Sherwood Hill Drive and Pomo Court. The Deputy contacted the driver, who was recognized from prior contacts as Brandon Lawson. Lawson was asked to exit the vehicle because the license plates on the sedan did not match the vehicle that was stopped by the Deputy.

Additional Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, along with officers from the Willits Police Department and California Highway Patrol arrived to assist with this investigation. Upon providing the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to dispatch, the Deputies learned the vehicle had been reported as stolen from the Lucerne, California. Lawson and the other occupants in the vehicle were detained at that time.

During a subsequent search of the vehicle, Deputies located numerous “shaved” and blank ignition keys inside the passenger compartment. The Deputies knew these items to be common tools used to commit vehicle thefts so the keys were secured as evidence.

During this continuing investigation, Lawson was found to be on summary probation and was also in possession of methamphetamine. Lawson was advised and placed under arrest for 10851(a) VC [Motor Vehicle Theft], 466.6(a) PC [Possession of Shaved Vehicle Key], 11377(a) HS [Possession of a Controlled Substance], and 1203.2 PC [Violation of Probation].

The other passengers in the vehicle were also questioned regarding this investigation. Deputies ultimately advised and placed Heather Schmidt under arrest for a felony and misdemeanor warrant for her arrest issued in Mendocino County. Kylee Wood was also advised and placed under arrest for 11377(a) HS [Possession of a Controlled Substance], and 11364 (a) HS [Possession of Drug Paraphernalia].

Lawson and Schmidt were subsequently booked into the Mendocino County Jail where they were both to be held in lieu of $15,000.00 bail. Wood was cited and released for her charges at the scene.



  • Spent Arrows. Wasted Youth. Nice. Next they’ll move to Humboldt and start a big grow.

  • Doubtful, that last. Spent arrows and wasted youth, too true.

  • Is that a 12 year-old with a goatee?

  • Yes, THC that is a 12 year old with a goatee. Willits waters keeps people looking like kids. Keeps
    People 12 for ten years

  • Kids need direction. Need a positive role-model. It must really suck to have older brothers who aren’t positive role-models . Just meth head losers . Advice: stop doing meth and being a piece of shit. Oh yeah that’s right that’s all you know it’s your environment.

  • I’m said to see this,I coached one of them in Little league,and that person was so nice and respectful.

  • I would just like to remind everyone that addiction is real. Hate the disease, not the person.

    • I think most of us realize that addiction is real, but many believe that it can start from a choice, also. Some addiction can start with a prescribed medicine or substance that’s used to help with a mental or physical problem, injury or illness. There is still a lot of debate concerning this topic!

  • Same guys who stole my Polaris.
    They live up shimmins ridge Rd

    Absolute tweaker scum

  • I went to school with Heather, watched her be a good mom for a while…now this. I thank God everyday for my family, salvation, and sobriety…that could have been me.

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