Posted: February 05, 2019


Gavin MacCracken's crime spree started on On January 12, 2018, when he went to Walmart and filled a shopping cart full of items. This drew the attention of loss prevention because Mr. MacCracken had previously stolen from this store. The loss prevention officer (LPO) followed Mr. MacCracken to the garden exit. As Mr. MacCracken was approaching the fire exit with the cart full of items he had not paid for, he threatened to harm the LPO and swung a bag at him, hitting the LPO in the face. Mr. MacCracken left the items behind and fled from the store to a waiting car.   

On March 15, 2018, Gavin MacCracken went to Walmart with another individual.  Both men filled bags with merchandise and ran out of the store.  When deputies arrived at the home of Mr. MacCracken they found a stolen truck and a stolen flatbed trailer both of which were recently spray painted.  Deputies also found a stolen log splitter, and a stolen utility trailer.  A few days later, deputies saw Mr. MacCracken on the side of the road pushing a broken down vehicle.  Upon searching that vehicle, more stolen property was found including solar panels. 

On March 27, 2018, Mr. MacCracken again went to Walmart and forced open an ammunition display case.  He took ten boxes of ammunition and fled from the store via a fire exit.   The value of the ammunition was $1,232.  On May 25, 2018, while at Walmart, Mr. MacCracken manipulated a locked case and stole 17 tablets from the display.  The value of the tablets was $1,324.  On May 30, 2018, Mr. MacCracken broke into a glass case and stole items related to home security from Walmart.  The value of these items was $1,021.  

On June 26, 2018, Mr. MacCracken was present in Department 7 of the El Dorado County Superior Court.  At this time, Mr. MacCracken was arraigned on one of his cases.  The Honorable Mark Ralphs ordered that the Defendant be remanded to the custody of the sheriff.  Upon hearing this, Mr. MacCracken fled from the courtroom.  He was apprehended later that same day and booked into the county jail.   

On July 30, 2018, deputies went Mr. MacCracken's home and found approximately 2 dozen vehicles in various states of disrepair; vehicle parts were strewn about.  In the garage, there was a racing vehicle that was in the process of being repainted.  Most of the vehicles that were found on the property including the racing vehicle had previously been reported stolen. 

On August 3, 2018, Mr. MacCracken failed to appear for court to address his pending cases.  On August 12, 2018, sheriff's deputies observed a vehicle fail to stop at two different stop signs.  Deputies initiated a traffic stop and found that the driver of the vehicle was Gavin MacCracken.  Further investigation revealed that the vehicle was reported stolen.  

On February 1, 2019, Gavin MacCracken entered a plea of no contest to one count of PC 664/211 (attempted robbery), two counts of PC 496d (possession of a stolen vehicle), two counts of PC 496(a) (possession of stolen property), three counts of PC 487(a) (grand theft), one count of VC 10851 (unlawful driving of a vehicle), one count of PC 1320.5 (failure to appear on a felony charge), one count of PC 836.6 (escape from custody), and one count of VC 10801 (chop shop operation).   Mr. MacCracken was sentenced to 8 years and 4 months in the state prison.  

These cases were investigated by the El Dorado Sheriff's Office and prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Brittany Griffith who is assigned to the Auto Fraud Task Force.