Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) 470(d) PC [Forgery], 459 PC [Burglary], 496 PC [Possession of Stolen Property], 484 PC [Theft], 1203.2 PC [Violation of Probation]
Report Number:
14-14121, 14-15034, 14-16838, 14-17007, 14-17441, 14-17434    
Coroner Number:
   
Crime/Incident:
470(d) PC [Forgery], 459 PC [Burglary], 496 PC [Possession of Stolen Property], 484 PC [Theft], 1203.2 PC [Violation of Probation]
Location:
Gualala, Ca.
When: Date: 07-03-2014 Time:
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Victim #1: Clutterbug Gualala, Ca.
Victim #2: Noma Gualala, Ca.
Victim #3: Village Cobblery Gualala, Ca.
Victim #4: Gualala Nursery Gualala, Ca.
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect #1: Latisha McCloud 29 Stewarts Point, Ca.
Suspect #2: Claudia Marrufo 51 Stewarts Point, Ca.
         
Written by: Sergeant Joseph Comer
Synopsis: Between 06-01-2014 and 07-03-2014, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies received and investigated multiple cases involving theft, burglary, and forgery committed at several local businesses in the Gualala and Point Arena areas. During the early stages of those investigations, Latisha McCloud and Claudia Marrufo were identified as persons of interest.

On 06-28-2014, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies made contact with Marrufo in the Gualala area, after she was observed at a closed business during early morning hours. During that contact, Deputies learned that Marrufo was on active formal probation for attempted theft. Deputies searched Marrufo and her vehicle in accordance with her probation terms. During that search, Deputies seized several items as potential stolen property from the above investigations.

On 07-03-2014, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies and Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputies served a search warrant at McCloud’s residence located in Stewarts Point in Sonoma County. During the service of that warrant, Deputies recovered several items of evidence connecting McCloud to the above investigations.

McCloud, who was present during the service of that warrant, was arrested for 4-counts of forgery, 4-counts of burglary, 1-count of theft and 5-counts of violation of probation.

Deputies submitted 3-counts of violation of probation, 2-counts of attempted theft, and 1-count of possession of stolen property to the Mendocino County District Attorney against Marrufo, who was in-custody in the Mendocino County Jail at the time of the search warrant service.

McCloud was also identified as the suspect in a forgery investigation in Sonoma County that will be pending prosecution in Sonoma County.

A loss of approximately $1,500.00 in merchandise was estimated between all stores in Mendocino County.
Approved By: Lieutenant Greg Stefani