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Group of Thieves Steal Roughly One Dozen Pairs of Apple Airpods from Ukiah’s Walmart

[Stock image by Matt LaFever]

Yesterday afternoon at approximately 4:30 p.m. four juveniles and one 20-year-old man conducted an organized burglary at Ukiah’s Walmart stealing multiple pairs of AirPods and fleeing the premises. Local law enforcement later apprehended them.

Ukiah Police Department’s Lieutenant Andrew Phillips told us the five suspects entered Walmart, “smashed the Apple product display case,” and stole thirteen sets of Apple AirPods. 

A Walmart employee told us the organized thieves did not smash the display case but pried open one side to gain access.

From that point, the suspects fled the store, and officers responded–combing the nearby neighborhoods for any sign of them.

Two male juveniles were located on Cindee Drive by UPD officers and Lieutenant Phillips confirmed the pair were confirmed to be a pair of runaways from the Sacramento area. Scanner traffic indicated the pair had run away from a group home. 

Mendocino County Sheriff’s deputies contacted two more juveniles in the area of Cleveland Lane and the Ukiah Rail Trail.

The last apprehended suspect was 20-year-old Nathan Stiles from Lake County.

All five involved were “placed under arrest for 459 PC – Burglary and 182(a) PC – conspiracy.” The four juveniles were booked into Juvenile Hall and the 20-year-old is at the Mendocino County Jail.

It must be stated that the charges described have not been proven in a court of law. In accordance with the legal principle of the presumption of innocence, any individual described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.



  1. If you want to move to this area come here and leave the crap that you just got away from there! Don’t bring crime, drugs, trafficking or any other negative behavior. Some of us have lived here our whole life and do not want negative in this area. We will catch you….Smaller towns have less places to hide and some of us who live here will help find you…..

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
I like to think of myself as a journalist for the everyman. Journalism has become a craft practiced by the urban elite. 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 told.

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