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Burglary in Olancha

Posted by Seth Conners

 Early this morning at approximately 2:45am, the Sheriff’s Office was notified of a burglary at the Ranch Motel in Olancha and attempted theft of a vehicle from the Mobil Gas Station in Olancha.

 The suspect broke into one of the rooms at the motel by kicking the door in, ransacking the room and stealing bedding. The suspect then attempted to steal a vehicle that was parked at the Olancha Mobil; however the vehicle was only able to be driven about 200 yards before it stopping running. The suspect then fled on foot northbound on Highway 395.

The Mobil was able to capture three photos on the security camera of the suspect. Based on the images we believe the suspect is a white male, around 5’8” with short dark hair with a potential bald spot on the back of his head. He is believed to be wearing a long sleeve green shirt and tan pants. If you have any information that may assist in the location of this suspect please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 760 878 0383.


Car stolen right off the repair line.

By Seth Conners

Photo courtesy of Bishop Police Department

On Friday night in Bishop, a blue Jeep Liberty was stolen from a local auto repair shop. A surveillance video captured the mans image as he stole the keys from inside the shops office.  Bishop Police were able to determine from the video that the suspect was a white male with dark hair, standing approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall, and weighing approximately 170 pounds.

After remaining at large for several days the suspect was captured and arrested in Lovelock Nevada.  The man was identified as 35 year old Michael Jason Ariola from New Hampshire.  There was some speculation within the community that this incident may have been linked to a recent burglary at High Country Market in Big Pine, but law enforcement does not believe that to be the case.

Friday nights theft was Bishops’ 2nd auto theft in less than a week.  A white Audi A4 was stolen on Christmas Eve.  The 2 incidents are not related.