Friday, March 31, 2023

Willits Woman Arrested for Stealing a Horse


The following is a press release issued by 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:

Makayla McGrew [Mugshot provided by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office]

On 07-12-2021 at about 6:25 PM Mendocino County Deputies were dispatched to a trespassing and possible theft of a horse in the 5400 block of Canyon Road in Willits, California.

The Deputies arrived in the area and contacted the reporting party and numerous witnesses, which told the Deputies the following in summary.

An adult female with no shoes, later identified as Makayla McGrew, came to the location and was told it was private property and she needed to leave.  McGrew began walking off the property but returned a short time later.

McGrew was observed putting a halter on a saddled horse at the location and getting on the horse. She was confronted by one of the responsible parties but rode past him without stopping.

Another person noticed McGrew appeared to be trying to the leave the area with the horse so the person went and grabbed the equipment on the horse and confronted McGrew. 

McGrew got into a verbal confrontation, but did get off the horse eventually and walked away from the location.

Deputies searched the area and located McGrew walking on Eastside Road in Willits.

The victim/responsible signed a private persons arrest form wanting charges pressed against McGrew.

McGrew was placed under arrest for grand theft (487 PC) and trespassing (602 PC). 

McGrew was booked into the Mendocino County Jail, to be released after the booking process on zero bail pursuant to COVID-19 bail schedule set forth by the State of California Judicial Council.


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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
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 if you know a story that needs to be told.

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