The Lakeport Police Department announced Sunday that a pickup truck loaded with personal items was stolen from an 84-year-old resident who was preparing to evacuate the wildfires in his area. The truck was later found by police, but all his personal belongings were missing. Police said the man is a military veteran.
The police also posted photos of several looters caught in the area (see below) but they have not identified who stole the pickup.
The report posted to Facebook by the police department read as follows:
##### UPDATE ##### TRUCK WAS RECOVERED LAST NIGHT, 07-29-18 AT 11:30 PM BUT BELONGINGS WERE MISSING AND NO SUSPECT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED YET
This morning at 9:30 AM an elderly resident on First Street reported his truck stolen during the night. He had it loaded with his property for evacuation. At 2:00 AM the resident went outside to check on the houses of neighbors who had evacuated and noticed the truck gone. The truck is a 2000 dark blue GMC SLS S10, CA license plate number 6P88834. There is a United States Veteran sticker on the bumper. The vehicle has been entered into the state and national stolen vehicle database If anyone has info or sees the truck please contact us by private message on Facebook, call us at 707-263-5491 or send a private message from your cell phone by texting the words TIP LAKEPORT followed by your message to 888777.
The Lakeport Police Department later posted notices of several arrests they have made of looters caught in the area, and stated they will absolutely NOT tolerate this behavior.
At 11:30 PM police officers located a subject on foot in the area of 16th Street and Hartley Street without apparent business. The subject, later identified as Brandon Leon Bowyer, age 21, unknown city of residence, was contacted and could not provide info on what his business was in the area. He was arrested and booked into jail for entering and remaining in a evacuated and closed disaster area, providing false information to a peace officer and possession of methamphetamine.
At 12:30 AM on duty public works staff alerted police officers to a suspicious subject on a bicycle in the downtown area. The subject, later identified as Tacoma Elliott, age 40 of Lakeport, was contacted and could not explain lawful business in the area. He was found to be carrying an empty backpack which officers believed could have possibly been kept for later concealment stolen property. He was arrested and booked for entering and remaining in a closed and evacuated disaster area.
Also at about 11:30 PM, based on a tip from an alert citizen, officers went to Soda Bay Road in Kelseyville and located and recovered a GMC pick up that was stolen from an 84 year old military veteran in Lakeport earlier in the day. The circumstances of that case were that the victim had loaded his pick up in preparation for evacuation and it was sitting outside his residence. Sometime during the early morning hours unknown suspects stole his truck and belongings. Unfortunately the belongings were missing and we have not yet identified suspects.
In the most recent report Monday, the Lakeport Police announced they had caught another one:
At approximately 6:30 AM this morning, Lakeport Officers located a pick up truck traveling in the evacuated and closed area of the City of Lakeport near Clearlake Avenue and North High Street. The subject identified as Travis Scott Jones, age 25, of Lakeport could not provide a lawful reason for being in the area and in fact admitted he came from outside Lakeport and drove past barricade closures to to enter Lakeport. Jones was arrested for entering and remaining in a closed disaster area. During a search incident to arrest, tools believed to be possessed for the purpose of burglary were located and seized. He was also charged with possession of burglary tools and booked into jail.
Again, we want the community to know that we will absolutely not tolerate this type of behavior. We are working jointly with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and their Office of Emergency Services. We have many other allied agencies assisting and patrolling. We are committed to protecting the safety of our residents, businesses and their property while our communities remain evacuated and we will be aggressive in these efforts.