MENDOCINO Co., 12/16/16 -- This latest press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office is a reminder of why it's always good to have a house-sitter. It seems a pair of people were allegedly living in a man's house, in Manchester, while he was away -- and had been for up to three months.
From the MCSO:
DATE: "December 16, 2016"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
460(a) PC (Burglary)
496 PC (Possession of Stolen Property)
1203.2 PC (Violation of Probation)
42000 block of Alta Mesa Road in Manchester, CA
Date of Incident:
Adult Male (63 years-old from San Jose, CA)
Ryan Moores (40 year-old male from Manchester, CA)
Skiela Laiwa (26 year-old female from Manchester, CA)
Sgt. J. Comer #1197
On 12-11-2016 at approximately 12:25 A.M., Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a reported trespass in the 42000 block of Alta Mesa Road in Manchester, California. Deputies responded and contacted the reporting person, a 63 year-old adult male.
Deputies learned the adult male was the property owner of that location. The property contained a furnished residence used by the adult male. The adult male arrived at his residence on the morning of 12-11-2016 and found an unknown person(s) occupying his residence, who fled prior to the Deputies arrival. The adult male immediately left the location and contacted law enforcement.
Deputies initiated an investigation into the incident and determined that three individuals unlawfully entered and occupied the residence for approximately three months. The adult male also identified multiple items of property as missing from the residence with a valued loss of approximately $20,000.00 total.
Throughout the course of the investigation, Deputies were able to positively identify Skiela Laiwa as one of the three persons responsible for burglarizing the residence. Deputies recovered a portion of the stolen property at a nearby marijuana grow site belonging to Ryan Moores.
On 12-12-2016, Deputies contacted Moores and Laiwa in the 44000 block of Noyo Way in Manchester, California and arrested them without incident.
Both were transported to and booked at the Mendocino County Jail. Moores was booked on 496 PC and was to be held in lieu of $15,000.00 bail. Laiwa was booked on 460(a) PC and 1203.2 PC (Violation of her summary probation) and was to be held in lieu of $50,000.00 bail.
Captain Gregory L. Van Patten