Mt. Shasta officials warning area residents after “barbearic” crime

In “Today’s Lighter Side of the News…”

MT. SHASTA — Authorities in Mt. Shasta are warning area residents to be mindful of bear activity in their ‘neighbearhoods’ after they recently responded to a vehicle break in that occurred during the overnight hours of Saturday, July 27. Officials warned of the “barbearic” behavior in a tongue-in-cheek social media post, complete with pictures of officers investigating the “crime.”

“The suspect has taken this a step too ‘fur’ with committing this ‘grizzly’ crime,” officials said in their humorous post. “This ‘barbearic’ behavior is unacceptable in our community. We are sorry to be the ‘bad news bearers’, but plan to work ‘teddy-iously’ until we can ‘confurm’ a ‘pawsitive’ identity.”

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Officials first learned of the break in around 8 a.m., after receiving a 911 call reporting a vehicle that “suffured” a broken window.

The officer who responded to the report was able to locate prints and hair left behind by the suspect, both outside and inside the vehicle, officials explained in their humorous post.

“From evidence collected and ‘decifured’, we believe the suspect is ‘pawsibly’ a native to the area,” officials explained. “The suspect is most likely ‘bear-footed’ and should be considered ‘bear-armed’ and potentially dangerous.”

Although the only item taken from the vehicle was a bag of dog food, officials cautioned, “The suspect may ‘pawtentially’ frequent parks for ‘pic-a-nic’ baskets, and is also known to spread trash in normally peaceful ‘neighbearhoods’.”

“We feel that we have ‘bearly’ scratched the surface with this investigation and will keep our investigation completely ‘transbearant’ for the public,” officials continued. “Furthermore, If seen do not approach as suspect is believed to be smarter than the average bear.”

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On a more serious note, officials advised area residents that to reduce the likelihood of uninvited wildlife entering their vehicles they should be sure to remove all food items and roll their windows up.

To avoid non-wildlife break-ins, remember to bring in all valuables and make sure your vehicles are secured.


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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