Habitual Burney shoplifter nabbed outside Rex Club

BURNEY — Authorities arrested a man who was again spotted stealing items from Burney’s Safeway early yesterday evening, Monday, Sept. 16.  

Although the arrested man initially managed to flee from the area with merchandise he had stolen from the business, he was later spotted a short distance away and apprehended without incident less than an hour later.  


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Deputies assigned to Burney Station were first alerted to a shoplifting at Safeway, located at 37264 Main St. shortly after 6 p.m., after receiving the report of a habitual shoplifter who had once again been seen stealing merchandise from the business.  

Because of several recent shoplifting incidents involving the same person, a deputy assigned to investigate the reported incident immediately recognized the alleged suspect as 24-year-old Mathew Jareth Jason McGowan.   Although the deputy searched the immediate area, he was not immediately able to locate McGowan.   

Alleged habitual Burney shoplifter 24-year-old Mathew McGoawn was arrested after once again being caught shoplifting from Safeway, Monday night. SCSO photo

About 45 minutes later, the deputy was responding to another dispatched call around 6:50 p.m., when he spotted McGowan about a half-mile from the Safeway, in front of the Rex Club.  

Based on his earlier investigation, the deputy stopped and detained McGowan and later arrested him.  

Although McGowan was later cited and released, Shasta County Sheriff’s Sgt. Marc St.Clair later reported to SCNS, that the multiple recent arrest reports, along with additional potential charges, are being forwarded to the DA’s office for McGowan’s multiple and ongoing recent shoplifting incidents.

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Trevor Montgomery, 48, 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 or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; 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 29 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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