A press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office:
DATE: "November 25, 2016"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
459 PC (Burglary)
3000 block of North State Street in Ukiah, CA
Date of Incident:
Lee K. Long (48 year-old male from Ukiah, CA)
Sgt. MC Kendall #2316
On 11-22-2016 Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office assisted the California Highway Patrol in the investigation of a hit and run vehicle collision in the 3000 block North State Street in Ukiah, California.
During the investigation, Deputies assisted in locating the suspect, Lee K. Long, who had fled on foot from the collision scene. Long was apprehended and booked into the Mendocino County Jail by California Highway Patrol officers for this crime.
During the investigation, Deputies noticed a large amount of retail goods including tools, cleaning supplies and electronics inside the vehicle which Long had been driving.
Deputies noticed the items were in bulk quantities noting over 20 packages of measuring tapes, several unopened packages of screw drivers, unopened packages of power tools as well as large shop heaters and shop vacuums.
On 11-23-2016 Deputies began researching crime reports for items matching the property seen in Long's vehicle. Deputies discovered Lindberg Lumber (Calpella, California) had reported identical items stolen during a burglary which had occurred over the weekend of 11-19-2016 to 11-20-2016.
A representative of the retailer was contacted and was able to identify the items located in the vehicle as being items which had been stolen from the store. Deputies were able to recover over $2,000.00 in stolen property.
Deputies continued to investigate this case and learned Long was responsible for the crime and had committed the burglary at the location over the weekend.
Long was booked into the Mendocino County Jail on charges of burglary where he was to be held on $30,000.00 bail for that specific crime.
Captain Gregory L. Van Patten