4 Men Foiled in Marijuana Heist
On February 13th, in Mendocino County, four men were foiled in a robbery attempt eerily similar to one committed in Southern Humboldt on February 9th. According to this morning’s press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff,
On 02/13/12 at about 0930 hours Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were summoned to the 4200 block on Black Hawk Dr regarding suspicious persons in the area. Upon arrival deputies contacted four men who were parked on the roadway near a residence.
Deputies spoke with the reporting party who advised he had seen the men around a vehicle and also noted they were attempting to walk onto his property. Deputies were advised by the reporting party that he and others were in a marijuana producing collective within Mendocino County.
Deputies spoke with the suspects, 3 of which were showing symptoms of methamphetamine influence. A search of the vehicle revealed a usable quantity of methamphetamine as well as several military style back packs.
Other items in located in the vehicle and the back packs were gloves, stocking caps, bolt cutters flash lights, saws, saw blades, duct tape and night vision devices.
The subjects made statements they had driven from the Sacramento area to meet a female and described the location of the marijuana collective.
Further investigation revealed drug paraphernalia and a loaded .380 caliber firearm secreted in the brush near the vehicle. Eventually the suspects admitted they had come to this area intending to steal marijuana.
The subjects were arrested and booked into the Mendocino County Jail on charges of criminal conspiracy, attempted robbery, possession of methamphetamine and possession of burglary tools. The subjects are currently held on $150,000.00 bail.