BREAKING/EXCLUSIVE: Evidence possibly links pair to numerous recent Intermountain area burglaries

While doing research for an updated article about last month’s burglary of Montgomery Creek’s Post Office, Shasta County News Source (SCNS) located a “wanted” poster dated June 28, 2018, that depicted two suspects caught on CCTV surveillance footage burglarizing the Montgomery Creek Market.

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While comparing surveillance stills from last year’s market burglary with surveillance footage of last month’s Post Office burglary, SCNS noticed distinct similarities between the two suspects believed to have burglarized the Montgomery Creek Market, with two suspects believed to have burglarized the nearby Montgomery Creek Post Office.

After conducting a thorough photo analysis, SCNS determined that the suspects filmed during both burglaries had similar builds, were both wearing blue latex gloves, were both wearing masks – including a mask from the Predator movie, and were both wearing hoodies, as well as Vans brand clothing and shoes.

As can be seen in these side by side comparisons, the two primary suspects in last month’s Post Office burglary (images 1 and 3) and last year’s market burglary (images 2 and 4) have strikingly similar features, including blue latex gloves, a Predator movie mask, Vans brand clothing and shoes, and similar builds. Additionally, the DeWalt drill seen in one of the images was later positively identified by victims of three burglaries that took place at Mountain Christian Academy in Cassel last year.

While these similarities are circumstantial, they strongly indicate that the persons responsible for the recent Post Office burglary may have also been responsible for last year’s burglary at Montgomery Creek Market.

Furthermore, surveillance stills from last year’s market burglary showed one of the two alleged suspects carrying a DeWalt drill, which had distinctive markings and coloring. That drill was later positively identified as having been stolen during one of three separate burglaries that took place over a six month period at Mountain Christian Academy, in the area of 299E and Sand Pit Rd., in Cassel.

During the first of the three different burglaries at MCA, which happened around Halloween, 2017, burglars stole more than $10,000 worth of Dewalt tools. One of those stolen tools included the previously mentioned drill, according to a member of the burglary victims’ family, who were interviewed for this article but requested to remain anonymous at this time.

During the second burglary, which occurred about a month later around Thanksgiving, 2017, thieves made off with a jackhammer and gas powered air compressor, along with other valuable tools and items.

The third MCA theft happened around March, 2018, when thieves stole the tires and rims off a sandrail at the location.

Victims of last year’s Mountain Christian Academy burglaries later identified a distinctively colored and marked DeWalt drill that had been stolen from them. That drill was later used by two suspects to gain entry into Montgomery Creek Market.

Based on the photo analysis completed by SCNS, it would appear that all five of the aforementioned burglaries could be connected to the same two suspects.

Based on those findings and discoveries, SCNS immediately contacted Shasta County Sheriff’s Office and provided them with this new and potentially vital information.

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No arrests have been made in any of the five burglary cases yet, but officials, victims, and citizens alike, are hoping that the newly released surveillance footage, along with the previously released wanted poster with surveillance stills, as well as the similarities between the alleged suspects, could lead to the apprehension of the pair likely involved in all five of the burglaries.

Shasta County Sheriff’s Burney Mountain Station deputies are still actively investigating all five incidents and have asked that anyone with information about any of the cases, or who recognizes or knows either of the two primary suspects seen in the surveillance footage to contact Shasta County Sheriff Deputy Tim Estes at (530) 245-6070. Callers can remain anonymous.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new information is available.

Montgomery Creek Market surveillance stills
Montgomery Creek Market reward poster

Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 47, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.

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