4 North Coast men indicted in Lake County burglary
Published: Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 4:18 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 4:18 p.m.
Four North Coast men have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiring to commit a home invasion robbery in Lake County by impersonating police officers.
A U.S. Attorney Office's spokesman said the Oct. 4 break-in involved Eric Mendonca, 43, a former Lake County sheriff's deputy and Petaluma police officer.
Prosecutors said his co-defendant, Jack Pollack, 54, of Lake County, cased a residence before a third man, Terry Jacksen, 46, of Petaluma, knocked on the door wearing a Lake County sheriff's deputy uniform.
Jacksen is alleged to have told the occupants he was conducting a search with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Prosecutors said he then handcuffed and zip-tied the residents before searching the house and stealing 48 marijuana plants.
The indictment accuses Mendonca, a Lake County resident, of providing the uniform.
In a search of Mendonca's and Jacksen's homes, authorities found a holstered revolver, a set of Lake County sheriff's handcuffs and other items including a cell phone.
On the cell phone were images of Jacksen and a fourth defendant, Michael Puckett, 45 of Petaluma, posing in Lake County sheriff's uniforms with firearms just hours before the robbery, prosecutors said.
A search of Pollack's residence uncovered approximately 20 pounds of marijuana.
Puckett was remanded Thursday at his first appearance in U.S. District Court in San Francisco. The others appeared Wednesday.
Mendonca was released on a $50,000 bond. Jacksen and Pollack remain in custody.
Each is charged with conspiracy, robbery, impersonating a police officer and drug allegations.
They've all pleaded not guilty. They are due back in court Jan. 22 before Judge William Alsup.
(You can reach Staff Writer Paul Payne at 568-5312 or email@example.com.)
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