Two people arrested for theft, drug possession, evasion (press release)

Deputies pursued the suspects from Highway 1 onto Old Stage Road.

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MENDOCINO Co., 5/25/2017 — A man and a woman were arrested on May 22 for the theft of an excavator bucket, possession of methamphetamine, and evading a peace officer. Here’s a press release from the sheriff’s office. All parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

 

DATE:  May 25, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Incident Number:
2017-14173

Crime/Incident:
487a PC – Grand Theft

2800.1(a) VC – Evading Peace Officer

11377(a) HS – Possession of a Controlled Substance

Location:
47900 Block Center Street in Gualala, CA

Date of Incident:
05-22-2017

Time:
3:15 P.M.

Victim(s):
Robertson Enterprises

Suspect(s):
Edgar Figueroa-Garcia (32 year-old male from Annapolis, CA)

Melissa Harbuck (34 year-old female from Annapolis, CA)

Written By:
Sgt. J. Comer #1197

Synopsis:
On 05-22-2017 at approximately 3:15 p.m., Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies received a radio call for service regarding a theft in the 47900 block of Center Street in Gualala, California.

Deputies contacted a representative of Robertson Enterprises and determined an excavator bucket with an estimated value of $1,800.00 was stolen from the aforementioned location between 05-15-17 and 05-16-17.

Deputies determined the location of occurrence was outfitted with surveillance equipment and upon review Deputies identified Edgar Figueroa-Garcia and Melissa Harbuck as suspects to the theft.

A short time later, Deputies observed a vehicle associated with Figueroa-Garcia in the area of South Highway 1 and Old State Highway/Old Stage Road.  As Deputies initiated a traffic enforcement stop on the vehicle, the driver failed to yield and evaded Deputies northbound onto Old Stage Road.  Deputies pursued the vehicle into the 40000 block of Old Stage Road where the driver yielded without further incident.

The driver was identified as Edgar Figueroa-Garcia and immediately arrested.  The sole passenger in the vehicle was identified as Melissa Harbuck and was also arrested.  A search of the vehicle incident to those arrests yielded approximately 9-grams of what field tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine.

As a result of Figueroa-Garcia’s arrest, Deputies were able to recover the aforementioned stolen property at a location in Sonoma County with the assistance of Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputies.

Figueroa-Garcia was transported and booked into the Mendocino County Jail on open charges of grand theft and evading a peace officer.  Figueroa-Garcia was also confirmed to have and booked on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for a failure to appear.  Figueroa-Garcia was to be held in lieu of $15,000.00 bail.

Harbuck was cited and released at the scene for possession of a controlled substance and a confirmed outstanding misdemeanor warrant for driving on a suspended license.

Approved by:
Captain Gregory L. Van Patten

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