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 05-25-2021 at approximately 10:35 AM, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to an in-progress burglary of a residence in the 5000 block of North Highway 1 in Little River, California.
Deputies immediately responded and were advised that a male and female had exited the residence and left the location in a dark colored Volvo sedan.
Deputies arrived in the area and began trying to located the vehicle to include the male and female subjects. The vehicle was quickly located parked and unoccupied on the shoulder of Highway 1, south of the burglarized residence.
Deputies observed fresh tracks that led into a steep canyon from the vehicle. Deputies and a California Highway Patrol Officer established a perimeter around the location and eventually located and detained Richard Wayne Olstad and Monique Marie Valador.
Both Olstad and Valador were positively identified by the victims (eyewitnesses to the burglary) and they were then arrested for 459/460(a) PC (First Degree Burglary).
A records check revealed that Olstad was currently on County Parole and he had an active felony arrest warrant for a parole violation and a misdemeanor arrest warrant for a pending domestic violence case. Olstad was also found to be on pre-trial release for a pending felony case.
Olstad was ultimately arrested for the following:
459/460(a) PC (First Degree Burglary), 3455 PC (County Parole Violation), 12022.1 PC (Commit Felony while on Pre-Trial Release for Pending Felony), 1320 PC (Felony Arrest Warrant), and 853 PC (Misdemeanor Arrest Warrant).
Valador was arrested for 459/460(a) PC (First Degree Burglary, 1203.2 PC (Felony Probation Violation), and 12022.1 PC (Commit Felony while on Pre-Trial Release for Pending Felony).
Both Olstad and Valador were booked into the Mendocino County Jail, where Olstad is being held in lieu of $120,000.00 bail and Valador in lieu of $75,000.00 bail.