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 11/26/2022, a 37-year-old female resident of Ukiah reported that someone had broken into her unlocked vehicle and stolen items from inside of it. The victim reported that among the items was a credit card, which she was monitoring as it was used at three different Ukiah businesses. The businesses were contacted and were able to provide surveillance of the subject who was using the card. During the investigation a recent use of the card was reported at Walmart, 1155 Airport Park Blvd. Officers responded and quickly located two females, Angela Rivera and Veronica Orozco inside of the store.
Ultimately both subjects made incriminating statements and witnesses and video showed them entering the store and using the card together. A search of their persons led to the discovery of about 6.4grams of methamphetamine, 4 bank cards, a club card, and a CA driver license all with different people’s names. Stolen property from the vehicle theft and a concealed dagger was also located during the initial search.
Officers continued their investigation and developed cause to search the location that the suspects were staying at, 650 S. State St, The Sunrise Inn. A warrant was prepared and the Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force (MMCTF) came out to assist in the investigation. The search of the room led to the discovery of evidence tying them to the theft and additional crimes. Evidence included shaved keys for stealing vehicles, rifle and shotgun ammunition, drugs, drug paraphernalia, and indicators of drug sales such as scales and baggies. The drugs seized as a result of this investigation included about 75.4 grams of suspected methamphetamine, 16.7 grams of suspected heroin, 10 x M30 suspected fentanyl pills, 6 x 5mg suspected Oxycodone pills, and 1.6 grams of suspected Dimethyltryptamine (DMT).
Rivera and Orozco were booked at the Mendocino County Jail for the listed violations. Rivera is currently being held with a bail amount of $75,000.00. Orozco is currently being held with a bail amount of $50,000.00. Ukiah PD would like to extend gratitude to the local businesses and cooperating agencies. Collaborative efforts help Ukiah PD to better serve the community, thank you.