The following is a press release issued by the Ukiah 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 11/03/22, at approximately 7:18 AM, UPD Officers were dispatched to 501 Low Gap Rd., The County of Mendocino building, for a report of a burglary following employees finding an open exterior door. Officers responded and searched the building for potential suspects and found none.
Officers observed that an exterior door had been pried open by the suspect to gain entry. Officers contacted County employees in order to determine what may have been stolen by the suspect. An initial check revealed that multiple laptop computers appeared to be missing. UPD Officers were able to obtain video surveillance footage of a male suspect taken inside the building earlier that morning.
Following their initial investigation, Officers briefed UPD Detectives on the burglary. Detectives responded to the area to search for the suspect and stolen items. At approximately 10:39 AM, a Detective searching the area of the creek bed south of the County building located a male subject, identified as Justin Williamson, sitting beneath a bridge. The Detective saw that Williamson was wearing the same distinctive hooded sweatshirt and appeared to match the subject depicted in the surveillance video. Williamson also had two laptop bags at his feet.
The Detective placed Williamson under arrest and searched Williamson and his property. Williamson was found to be in possession of several laptops, an electronic tablet, multiple cellular phones, and sets of car keys all determined to be County property. Williamson was also in possession of a methamphetamine pipe.
Williamson was transported to the MCSO jail where he was booked on the above listed charges. All stolen recovered property was returned to County of Mendocino employees that day.