Press Releases

Press Release - UPD Case #23-2419 - Burglary to City Property

Date: 12-05-2023

Location: 300 Seminary Ave., Ukiah

Suspect: James Morrison, 48 year-old-male of Ukiah

Violations: 459 PC – Burglary – Felony

496(a) PC- Possession of stolen property – Felony 

166(a)(4) PC – Violation of a court order – Misdemeanor

Warrant – Felony 

On 12/05/2023 at approximately 0415 hours, a City of Ukiah employee notified Ukiah Police Department (UPD) officers about two vehicles that appeared to have been tampered with on City of Ukiah property. It was determined the vehicles belonged to the City of Ukiah. In addition to the open vehicle doors, various tools were located in the nearby bushes. In speaking with the witness, the suspect, later identified as James Morrison, had left the scene prior to the officer’s arrival. During the investigation, it was discovered that Morrison had forced entry into a fenced enclosure that is attached to a building belonging to the City of Ukiah. Video surveillance of the incident shows Morrison leaving with bicycles and several other items. 

On 12/05/2023 at approximately 1523 hours, a UPD officer was on patrol near North State Street and Lake Mendocino Drive, when he observed Morrison riding a bicycle that resembled the one stolen earlier in the day. The officer contacted Morrison to further investigate the burglary. Records check on Morrison revealed he was on Pre-Trial release with a term of “obey all laws.” Morrison was also found to have an active felony warrant out of Santa Barbara County for his arrest. Records check on the bicycle Morrison was riding was a positive match for the bicycle that was stolen during the burglary. Additionally, Morrison was found to be in possession of several stolen tools. 

Morrison was placed under arrest for the above-listed charges and he was transported to the Mendocino County Jail.  

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