Warrants issued in Big Sur Robbery

Five thieves seized a Kindle Fire, Bowie knife and cash Saturday from a Big Sur campsite, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office.

Upon their return from hiking at 7 p.m., four campers were accosted by the five suspects — three men and two women. Although a gun was never brandished, one of the five claimed to be armed with a pellet pistol, the victims told deputies.

No one was injured in the incident. The stolen property was estimated at $360 in value.

Warrants have been forwarded to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office for Joseph Whitebear, 45; Rachel Ried, unknown age; Jose Vasquez, 43; Jason Barnes, 44; and Dawn Barnes, 43.

The investigation is ongoing.

I believe this is the one at Salmon Creek a few days ago. The suspects were driving a white, newer model pick-up truck, and police have the license number.

4 thoughts on “Warrants issued in Big Sur Robbery

  1. Shocking. What scum. Wish we knew more about the confrontation or why there wasn’t one. The trouble with not matching villains is two-fold: 1. They get away with it. And 2. It stays with you the rest of your life.

  2. This is kind of scary. I worry about our safety at the school with dangerous criminals on the loose nearby. When I am alone at night, maybe I should carry a defensive weapon.

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