More on Mammoth burglary suspect

Cameron Jeffrey Puckett, 27

Press release from Mammoth Lakes Police Department –

Four commercial businesses were struck by a burglar overnight from Sunday, June 24 until Monday morning, June 25.  Schat’s Bakery, Nik ‘n Willies, the Dollar Store, and Rafter’s all

Cameron Puckett as he appeared on surveillance tape.

suffered losses.  Three of the four businesses had surveillance cameras and the suspect dropped his cell phone at one of the businesses.

Mammoth Lakes Police Department has identified the suspect as Cameron Jeffrey Puckett, age 27, a transient.  Puckett is described as 6’1”, 180 pounds, with brown hair in a buzz cut.  He is currently on parole.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Puckett should contact the Mammoth Lakes Police Department at (760) 934-2011.


25 Responses to More on Mammoth burglary suspect

  1. Brett June 26, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

    Can we please have a longer sentencings period. How many times have we heard parolees commiting crimes while “ON PAROLE.” Crime and Punishment is a joke in this country.

    • Tim June 27, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

      As a state we get what we asked for…in 1977 the state switched to determinate sentencing, which provided for a once size fits all sentencing model for prisoners. This replaced the indeterminate sentencing model that had existed since the mid-1910s. With indeterminate you actually saw sentences of 1 year to life, allowing a parole board to provide incentive to criminals to rehabilitate and behave. With fixed sentences they have no reason to behave since they will still be able to get out, with bad behavior only delaying but not stopping their eventual release. I would bet that California would be very different if we hadn’t change…many of the states that did not switch have better recidivism rates.

      • Big AL June 28, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

        I think you’re right Tim.

  2. Brett June 26, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    Google this guys name and according to

    this guy was picked up on 05/05/2012 for Parole Violation Felony. Its just over a month and he is out doing more crimes.

    Does somebody need to be killed in order to keep people locked up?

    • Really Fed up June 27, 2012 at 7:16 am #

      I think we need to chip these guys, That’s it done. GPS forever!!!

      • Big AL June 28, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

        You chip them .. they will chip you … but no worries though, the chip is coming, just a matter of how long.

    • johnjcampnfish June 27, 2012 at 8:15 am #

      Short answer: Yes.
      This is California where we can’t even have a 3 strikes law without “liberally” watering it down till it has no real deterrent effect.

    • Terry June 27, 2012 at 10:10 am #

      Next stop: Owens Valley Conservation Camp! He promises he won’t walk away!

    • Tim June 27, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

      To be fair the arrest was primarily for 602(f): drunk in public which very rarely get prosecuted in most counties. They likely added the 3056 parole hold on him to make sure he would spend more than a few minutes in the drunk tank since he would not be able to be release on his own recognizance.

      • Roy June 29, 2012 at 6:34 am #

        Tim, Drunk in public is 647 (f) of the penal code… 602PC is trespassing…

  3. sierragrl June 27, 2012 at 9:20 am #


  4. upthecreek June 27, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    Stockon , CA = BK

    “Death by a Thousand Meetings.” Mediations ended Monday at midnight

    the quote above describes what is happening in Mammoth to a “T”

    Gov. Gone wild

    BK it and be done Mammoth

  5. Josh June 28, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    I was given a suspended sentence in Mono county in ’95’ for a felony. It was difficult at the time but I was able to turn my life around and eventually have the felony expunged. I have been a productive and upstanding citizen since. The system is designed for this purpose. The problem is a missing piece in parole and probation to provide a higher level of accountability. I think that mandatory ankle bracelets would be an improvement. If this guy could afford a cell phone then he could afford the fee of an ankle bracelet. I mean seriously, most of the population owns a cell phone now with gps capability we certainly could put this technology to work. It would also help the general public to identify “undesirables” in our day to day activities. Parole and Probation should be a privilege not a right…

    • Big AL June 28, 2012 at 7:51 pm #

      Good post Josh .. yeah not everyone is a loser … I’m glad to hear your story.

  6. Eastern Sierra local June 28, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

    Hottie! He can rob me any day!

    • Wayne Deja June 29, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

      Eastern Sierra Local…..When,or if he’s caught,and charged with these residentual burglaries,maybe you should spearhead a “defense fund” for him…much like someone did with George Zimmerman after he killed Treyvon Martin in Florida…and all those contributors were hood-winked into paying his bills and living expenses,while he and his wife lied to the court about it.This guy could then get out,move in with you,and you could support him and his criminal life-style,and you’d have a boyfriend…Goodness knows why so many girls “like” these kind of guys that spend their lives in and out of jail and prison,but it seems a LOT of them do nowadays..Judge Judy calls them “bum magnets”……

    • Joe June 30, 2012 at 8:20 am #

      Eastern Sierra Local seems to have a thing for sex offenders….

  7. Jennifer DeAngelis June 30, 2012 at 6:02 pm #

    As an owner of one of the businesses that were targeted by Cameron Puckett, it feels good to report he’s been caught and put behind bars one more time. If I’m correct to assume, this guy has robbed my store 3 times and caused myself and my family much pain. He was caught down in Bishop doing what he “thinks” he knows how to do… breaking into another store. A foot chase ensued and he was then tasered to stop him… Thanks for the positive posts.

  8. Wayne Deja June 30, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

    …”.Caught and put behind bars one more time”…..after a foot chase and being tasered….How much do ya wanna bet he’s already out ?…and if not,probably some young girl (bum magnet) thinking he’s a “hottie” doing what she has to do to raise the bail to get him out.

  9. Mammoth July 1, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    Everybody has a reason why they steal maybe they need money maybe they need food to survive just imagine you in their shoes all you people are shelfish

    • Wayne Deja July 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

      mammoth….We all need money…we all got to buy groceries,pay rent,or a mortgage,got to put gas in our vehicles…we all got utilities to pay…and with any ammount of luck,have a little left over.This guy Puckett,he’s 27 years old….looks healthy to me…the thing to do,if you need food and money to survive,do like what the majority of the people do in this Country….get a job….and work.Maybe this guy should have spent his evenings sleeping and resting so he could get up bright and early and look for a job instead of sneaking around at night breaking into stores.

    • Big AL July 1, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

      Don’t say all of you people Mammoth .. and also .. if you are that bad off, find a better way to get what you need, your excuse for stealing is still wrong. And Wayne, I doubt that he is out yet.

    • Tourbillon July 1, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

      We all need money and food. That’s why most of us work. Stealing is selfish.

    • Grrrr! July 2, 2012 at 6:08 am #

      Shelfish! (shellfish) you mean like crabs?
      Mr. Pucket has graced Police beat more than a few times…..first time I heard of him was 6 or 7 years ago…he stole IPods and cameras from his roomates and downstairs neighbors…just how many of them Ipods do you have to eat before you get full?

  10. Econ 101 July 2, 2012 at 9:37 am #

    So, are the richest of the rich STEALING when they layoff people and close facilities while their personal buying power automatically increases?


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