The following is a press release issued by 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:
On April 22nd, 2021 at 3:52 AM, Willits Officers were dispatched to the Willits Waste Water Treatment Plant regarding the theft of a City of Willits owned ATV, which had been stolen earlier in the morning from the above location.
During the course of the investigation Officers were able to obtain surveillance footage, as well as additional information from Community Members, which led to the identification of the suspect involved in the theft. Due to the evidence gathered, an arrest warrant was subsequently issued for the suspect. It was learned the suspect was taken into custody in Sonoma County on an unrelated charge and was being held for the warrant out of Willits.
The investigation continued as to the whereabouts of the stolen ATV and several leads were followed. The investigation eventually led officers to a residence located off of Muir Mill Road, Willits.
On June 24th, 2021 at approximately 5:00 PM, Officers arrived at the residence located on Muir Mill Road and were able to locate the stolen ATV, as well as positively confirm it had been taken by the suspect initially identified as being responsible for the theft. The ATV was recovered and returned to the City of Willits Waste Water Treatment Plant.
Due to the commitment of WPD Officers in gathering evidence and working with citizens that came forward and provided information throughout the course of this investigation, this case was successfully closed.
SUSPECT: Brandon Langenderfer, 29 years old, Resident of Willits