Thursday, December 7, 2023

Burglar Caught on Surveillance Camera Stealing Tobacco & Snacks from Brown’s Corner Store Arrested


This is a press release from the Willits Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

Brown’s Corner Burglar Surveillance Footage [Video provided by Brown’s Corner Management]

On 9/29/20 at 1:07 a.m., Willits police officers responded
to Brown’s Corner for a possible burglary that had just

When officers arrived, they saw that the glass front door
was broken. Several items were scattered about inside and
outside of the store, and there was additional damage to
other store property.

A review of video surveillance showed the suspect, later
identified as 23 year-old Bryan Elias of Vallejo, had
driven his vehicle slowly into the front door of the store
in an attempt to break the glass. Elias then reversed,
parked his vehicle, exited, and began to smash the glass
portion of the door with a beer bottle. Elias then entered
the store and took a large amount of alcohol and tobacco
products before exiting and leaving the scene.

Officers were later able to track Elias to the 23000 block
of Eastside Road where they contacted Elias and took him
into custody. Officers obtained a search warrant for the
premises and recovered most of the stolen property. The
vehicle used in the commission of the crime was impounded.

Accused Burglar Bryan Elias [Booking photo from the Mendocino County Sheriff Booking Logs]
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