Sheriff Jon Lopey said he’s hoping the $10,650 reward will encourage people who are hesitant about providing information about the April 7 crime to come forward.
Tips regarding the possible identity of two Mount Shasta home invasion suspects have been pouring in, and people continue to donate money to increase the reward leading to their arrest.
As of Friday evening, the reward being offered had risen to $10,650, said Siskiyou County Sheriff’s spokesperson Allison Giannini.
Sheriff Jon Lopey said he’s hoping the money will encourage people who are hesitant about providing information about the April 7 crime to come forward.
Lopey added that detectives working the case believe one of the two young male suspects was the key aggressor and committed more criminal offenses than the other.
“These two suspects committed conspiracy and share responsibility, however, we’d like to appeal to the individual with less criminal culpability... it would be advantageous for them to turn themselves in,” Lopey said in a phone interview Friday evening.
Among the many serious felonies the suspects could be charged with are burglary, entering an occupied structure with the intent to commit a crime, assault and battery, grand theft and robbery with the threat of deadly force, Lopey said.
Detectives are following up on more than 100 leads provided by members of the community, Lopey said.
“Detectives are working many different angles... it will probably take them a week or so to exhaust all the investigative leads that continue to pour in,” the Sheriff said.
When asked if he believes the perpetrators could still be in the Mt. Shasta area, Lopey answered, “I believe they are,” adding that the majority of investigative leads detectives are working on involve people in south Siskiyou County.
“It’s possible that a lead we get tomorrow could point us outside the area, but right now we’re looking at local residents,” Lopey said.
Until the suspects are apprehended, Lopey encourages everyone to be aware of their surroundings, keep their homes, vehicles and outbuilding secure and to report any suspicious activity immediately.
Lopey said extra patrol coverage has been added in the area of the attack, both with uniformed officers and undercover officers.
“We even have deputies off duty volunteering to drive through the area and keep an eye out,” he said.
On Thursday, a week after the crime occurred, the Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol did a voluntary traffic stop at the junction of North Old Stage and Deetz roads to ask residents if they remember anything that may help the investigation.
“We got some good tips, but what struck me was the outpouring of love, compassion and sympathy from neighbors. It was overwhelming,” said Lopey.
Of the $10,650 reward, the Secret Witness program provided $500. The balance has been donated by private individuals who wish to show their support and help in some way, Giannini said.
“The donations range in value from $100 to $2,500,” said Lopey. “We just keep getting calls from people who want to donate... It’s certainly reassuring the amount of great support we’ve had from the community, and the amount of people who have expressed concern for the family and pledged their support.”
Anyone who has any information about this crime is asked to contact Detective Frank Barrett at 842-8316, or Siskiyou County Sheriff Dispatch at 841-2900.