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Armed Robber Makes Off With $20K From Boonville Market—Suspect at Large

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:


Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
[This is a stock photo taken by Matt LaFever]

On 12-09-2022 at 2:40 PM Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a reported arm robbery at the Mi Esperanza Market located at 14289 Highway 128 in Boonville, California.

It was reported a person, possibly an adult male, had entered the business with a handgun and committed an armed robbery of a large amount of money, estimated to be $20,000.00, before leaving the business on foot.

Personnel from the California Highway Patrol and California State Parks arrived approximately 13-minutes after the call had been dispatched to the Deputies.  They began a canvas of the immediate area for the suspect which ended unsuccessfully.

Deputies, along with Sheriff’s Detectives, arrived and began investigations into the circumstances of the armed robbery. 

Investigators learned the suspect had entered the business at approximately 2:35 PM fully clothed to include a facial covering while an adult female was working alone inside the business. 

The suspect was openly holding a handgun downwards near their waistline.  The suspect made a hand gesture for the adult female to be silent as he walked behind the counter.  The suspect accessed a cash drawer and took a large amount of money thereafter leaving the business on foot.

Sheriff’s Office investigators are actively investigating this armed robbery and have viable leads at this time.  To protect the integrity of those leads, no further information is available for public release at this time.

Anyone who believes they have useful information for investigators associated with this incident are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office Tipline by calling 707-234-2100 or the WeTip Anonymous Crime Reporting Hotline by calling 800-782-7463.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Wow that drawer must have been stuffed full? What business owner would allow that much $ to remain in the drawer? That’s some poor cash protocol.

  2. Wondering if the amount of stolen cash was maybe exaggerated? 20K is more than a bank teller would have in their cash drawer!

  3. With their prices, the person probably ran off with a case of beer, some chips and some brad lol. All jokes aside, hope they catch that scumbag.

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