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The Mono County Investigative Unit, MCIU, is a joint task force that was formed in 2015. The Unit consist of law enforcement members from the Mono County District Attorney’s Office, Mammoth Lakes Police Department, Mono County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol.
The Unit is located and operated out of the District Attorney’s Office and handles matters throughout the entire County. By combining personnel, experience and resources, investigations and other law enforcement matters can be handled more quickly, efficiently and thoroughly. The public gets better service and victims of crime are seeing justice much more quickly.
Last week the Mammoth Lakes Police Department took six police reports:
• On May 7, 2105, suspect/s stole a vehicle from 1700 Old Mammoth Rd.
• On May 8, 2105, suspect/s stole two vehicles from; 1404 Tavern Rd and1253 Meridian Blvd.
• On May 8, 2015, suspect/s attempted to break into Mammoth Lakes Wellness and Green Mammoth. Suspect/s fled the scenes after hearing the audible alarm.
• On May 8, 2105, suspect/s crashed a stolen vehicle into the front of Country Liquor store and stole miscellaneous bottles of alcohol and other merchandise.
The cases were referred to the MCIU which worked alongside the Police Department to process evidence and gather additional information on the cases. On May 9, 2015, one of the stolen vehicles taken from Mammoth was abandoned and recovered in Inyo County by the California Highway Patrol.
During the same time frame, Bishop PD had just arrested a juvenile in Bishop for stealing a vehicle. MCIU was notified that the vehicle taken from Mammoth was recovered in Inyo County and information was put together to suggest the same juvenile may be responsible for the Mammoth vehicle thefts as well. With evidence that had been gathered, members of the MCIU then contacted the juvenile and obtained a statement and a subsequent confession to all of the above indicated crimes.
On May 12, 2015, a second juvenile, who was an accomplice to the above crimes, was identified and interviewed by members of the MCIU. The juvenile was subsequently released to his parents pending further investigation and will be facing similar charges.
All of the stolen vehicles have been recovered and the cases will be referred to the District Attorney for prosecution.
***Please be on the lookout for anything and anyone who appears suspicious. Report suspicious activity to the Law Enforcement or call 911.