Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Public Assistance Sought in Identifying Fort Bragg Robbery Suspect, Says MCSO


The following is a statement issued on the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page:

We are asking for your assistance in identifying the subject in this photograph who is the suspect in a robbery that occurred on 12-01-2020 at NorCal Gasoline in Fort Bragg.

If you recognize this subject or have any information on this person, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 707-463-4086 and ask to speak with the investigating Deputy for case 2020-29368 or send a tip to MCSO-TIPS@MENDOCINOCOUNTY.ORG

Thank you in advance.


On 12-01-2020 at approximately 6:56 AM, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a robbery that had just occurred at NorCal Gasoline, 18770 N. Highway 1, Fort Bragg.

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Deputies responded to the location and arrived within a few minutes of receiving the call. Deputies learned that the unidentified male suspect had been previously banished from the store and advised not to return.

On this morning, the suspect entered the store and was immediately asked to leave, which he refused to do. The suspect then took an alcoholic beverage and placed it near the register and demanded some cigarettes from behind the counter.

When the store clerk reached out to take the can while refusing the sale, the suspect then forcefully pulled the can from the clerk’s hands. The suspect then went behind the counter and took numerous packs of cigarettes and left the store.

Deputies, with the assistance of the California Highway Patrol, searched the area throughout the day and were unable to locate the suspect.

The suspect is described as a white male adult, around six feet tall, with a thin build, and light brown hair. The suspect was wearing a gray full zip sweatshirt, dark blue jeans, and dark shoes with light colored soles.

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Matt LaFever
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I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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