Wanted felon nabbed stealing from Anderson Safeway

ANDERSON — Authorities today announced the arrest of a wanted felon after she was spotted last week by citizens while stealing items from an Anderson grocery store.

The alleged suspect, Lisa Marie Larkins, 41, of Anderson, had numerous warrants at the time of her arrest and has an extensive criminal history including charges of robbery, identity theft, narcotics sales, burglary, vehicle theft, weapons violations, and violations of probation, according to Anderson PD officials.


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In a social media post released today, Anderson PD officials said that last Tuesday afternoon, March 31, an Anderson PD officer was handling an unrelated call for service near Safeway, when a concerned citizen directed the officer to a woman who had just stolen items from the store.

Moments later the officer saw several employees from the grocery store exit the business and begin pointing toward the female, later identified as Larkins.

Lisa Larkins, 41, of Anderson, was arrested after shoppers spotted her stealing items from Safeway last Tuesday afternoon. Anderson PD photo

Seeing the officer and store employees approaching her, “Larkins immediately began running away against orders to stop,” APD explained in their release; saying that despite her attempt to flee, Larkins was quickly apprehended by the officer.

After capturing Larkins the officer immediately recognized her, due to several other recent arrests and incidents, and having several outstanding felony warrants.

Some of Larkins’ recent tangles with law enforcement include a January arrest where she later pleaded no-contest to charges of robbery and identity theft and a February incident where she fled from court after learning she was to be taken into custody in one of her other criminal cases.

After the courthouse incident, warrants were immediately issued for Larkins’ arrest, and she had been on the run for the past five weeks, according to APD.

During a subsequent search, officers discovered Larkins was in possession of methamphetamine and was still in possession of items stolen from Safeway.

“Due to the efforts of the helpful citizen, Larkins will be serving her prison sentence and removed from the community,” said APD.

Online Jail records indicate Larkins remains in custody and is being held without bail.

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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 29 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 16 grandchildren.