Officials seek help ID’ing Anderson burglary suspects

ANDERSON — After exhausting all their leads, authorities are asking for the public’s help identifying and locating several suspects who were caught on surveillance video breaking into and burglarizing an Anderson business earlier this month. The suspects stole about $14,000 in power tools and other merchandise, according to officials.

At least four suspects, including at least one woman, were involved in burglarizing the business, Ace Hardware at 1900 Marx Way, early Saturday morning, Oct. 5


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City of Anderson police officers were alerted to the early-morning burglary just after 4 a.m., when SHASCOM received a call for service regarding a glass break alarm sounding at the business.

When officers arrived the burglar alarm was still sounding and they found the glass entrance door to the business to be shattered.

After searching the business, officers learned the suspects had fled the location prior to their arrival.

Officers and detectives are searching for several suspects they allege broke into an Anderson hardware store earlier this month before fleeing in a dark-colored van. APD photo

During their subsequent investigation, officers learned numerous items had been stolen, including two Bosch Electric Breaker Hammers, one Hilti Concrete Saw, five Stihl Blowers, twelve Stihl Chainsaws and one Stihl Cutoff Saw.

“The total retail cost loss was approximately $14,000,” Anderson PD officials wrote in a recent social media release.

“In review of the surveillance video, officers could see a dark colored van pull into the businesses parking lot and back up to the front entrance,” APD officials explained. “One of the suspects exited the van and used a bolt cutter to break the glass out of the front door.”

“Once the door was shattered, you can see 3 additional suspects enter the store,” the post continued.

After loading their vehicle with stolen merchandise the suspects, who were all seen in the video wearing dark colored clothing with hoodies, fled the location.

Their vehicle has been described as a newer model dark colored van with tinted widows and silver rims.

The case has since been assigned to Anderson PD detectives and officials are now asking for the public’s help identifying the suspects and van.

Anyone with information regarding this ongoing investigation is encouraged to contact Anderson Police Department’s Detectives Unit at (530) 378-6600. Callers can remain anonymous.

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

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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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