Two arrested, one accused of posing as U.S. Marshal in connection to recent burglary
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Two people were arrested in connection to a recent burglary in Mendocino County in which one of them allegedly posed as a U.S. Marshal, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
On the afternoon of September 14, deputies responded to a reported burglary on the 67000 block of Highway 271 in Legett, at a building next to the Volunteer Fire Department. Deputies learned that two people and two vehicles were observed at the scene, and that a fire captain had confronted one of the subjects, identified as Daniel Gorman (33), when the other one fled.
Gorman allegedly presented a fake badge and falsely identified himself as a U.S. Marshal, before getting into his car and driving off, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies eventually caught up with Gorman and pulled him over along southbound Highway 101 in Laytonville. When they searched Gorman’s vehicle, deputies found a U.S. Marshal badge along with a replica handgun loaded with blanks, in addition to reportedly finding drugs on Gorman himself.
Elsewhere, a deputy and CHP officer located the second suspect vehicle along the 27000 block of Ryan Creek Road in Willits. The occupant, identified as Austin Shealor (28), who is on active Post-Release Community Supervision, also had drugs on him, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Both Gorman and Shealor were arrested and booked on various charges related to the burglary and narcotics. Shealor’s bail was set at $15,000. Shealor is being held without bail for violating the terms of his parole.