Monday, 20 May 2024

Deputies search for nude burglary suspect

Elliott Thomas Bracket, seen here clothed in a recent Lake County Jail mug shot, is currently being sought by sheriff's deputies after he allegedly was interrupted committing a burglary.


UPPER LAKE – Lake County Sheriff's deputies are seeking a man who allegedly attempted to break into an Upper Lake home this morning and was last seen fleeing law enforcement – in the nude.

Elliott Thomas Brackett, 52, was interrupted Friday morning just before 9 a.m. while allegedly attempting to break into a home in the area of Highway 29 and Highway 20 in Upper Lake, according to a report from Lt. Dave Garzoli of the Lake County Sheriff's Office.

Garzoli reported that deputies found Brackett on the scene – still clothed at that point – and, after a brief struggle, he fled on foot, heading toward the area of Bridge Arbor North and Bridge Arbor South.


There, deputies found Brackett in the water, completely nude, said Garzoli.

Brackett then swam away from detectives, swimming south down the water channel, Garzoli reported.

Officials have continued searching for him since, Garzoli said, but have yet to locate him.

Garzoli said Brackett is considered a danger to the public, and if someone spots him they should contact 911 immediately and report his location.

Chief Deputy James Bauman said the sheriff's department conducted a special phone notification Friday of 2,735 Upper Lake residents, warning them that Brackett was on the loose in the area.

Brackett is described as 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 210 pounds. He is bald and was last seen in the nude.

He was arrested earlier this month by a Lake County Sheriff's deputy on a charge of possessing burglary tools.

That followed his arrest last month by Mendocino County Sheriff's deputies on charges in connection with his alleged involvement in a string of burglaries in Ukiah, as Lake County News has reported.

When Lakeport Police and Mendocino County officials located Brackett – who has been listed as a transient – on June 7 in a tent on 11th Street in Lakeport, he was allegedly found in possession of stolen property that matched items taken during the Ukiah burglaries.

Brackett also was arrested in July of 2007 on suspicion of trying to sell methamphetamine in the parking lot at Hopland Sho-Kah-Wa Casino.

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