DATE:  "March 22, 2020"


Incident Number: 

459 PC (Burglary)

182 PC (Conspiracy)

594(a)(1) PC (Felony Vandalism)

422 PC (Criminal Threats)

10000 block of Branscomb Road in Laytonville, CA

Date of Incident: 

5:42 PM

Adult Male (54 year-old from Branscomb, CA)

Winter Costa (25 year-old male from Soquel ,CA)

Kameron Miller (24 year-old male from Soquel, CA)

Lucas Counts (21 year-old male from Santa Cruz, CA)

Written By: 
Sergeant Mike Dygert #1168

On 03-13-2020 at about 5:42 PM Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a burglary in progress occurring at a residence in the 10000 block of Branscomb Road in Branscomb, California.

A 54 year-old male homeowner had returned to his residence after cutting wood on his property and discovered three adult male subjects later identified as Winter Costa, Kameron Miller and Lucas Counts burglarizing his home.

The three subjects fled the residence in a vehicle prior to Deputies arriving on scene.  Deputies learned the three listed subjects had ransacked the inside of the residence and had removed a large locked gun safe from a storage building to the driveway area in front of his residence. 

During the investigation Deputies discovered the subjects had also vandalized the inside of the residence by damaging an expensive television by writing a threatening statement on it with a marker. 

The homeowner advised he knew two of the subjects as he had been in a previous dating relationship with one of the subject’s mother.  The homeowner provided information to the Deputies of where the subject’s mother resided.    

Deputies went to a residence in the 900 block of Branscomb Road in attempt to contact the mother.  When the Deputies arrived at the residence they located all three listed subjects at the residence.  

Deputies conducted a search of a vehicle parked in front of the residence belonging to one of the subjects and found property taken during the reported burglary.

All three subjects were arrested on charges of 459 PC (Burglary), 182 PC (Conspiracy) and 594(a)(1) PC (Felony Vandalism).   

Winter Costa was arrested for an additional charge of 422 PC (Criminal Threats) for leaving the threatening message inside the burglarized residence. 

All three subjects were booked into the Mendocino County Jail where each was to be held in lieu of $50,000.00 bail.

Approved by: 
Captain Gregory L. Van Patten  #1184
Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Matthew Kendall, Sheriff-Coroner
951 Low Gap Rd, Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 463-4411,
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