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A man who has eluded capture for months on the North Coast is believed to have been spotted Monday night in the vegetable garden of a Mendocino County home.

William Allan Evers, 40 — aka “the Redbearded Burglar” — is a suspect in multiple residential burglaries since February. The search became more urgent after he allegedly shot at a Mendocino County sheriff’s deputy who confronted him on May 12 at the scene of a home burglary in Elk. The deputy was not injured.

In this week’s sighting, a resident reported confronting a man at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the garden of a home on rural Middle Ridge Road, 3 miles east of Albion. His description matched that of Evers.

Three hours later, as deputies were checking a neighboring home, they heard what sounded like somebody leaving from the front door. When they checked video from their patrol car’s dashboard camera, they discovered an image of a man who looked like Evers.

More officers were called in to search the area, but Evers was not found.

The resident who reported the intrusion told the North Coast news blog Redheaded Blackbelt that the vegetable thief looked embarrassed when confronted and said, “My bad.” The resident told him to leave, but added, “It’s hard to feel threatened by someone holding a fistful of onions with beets hanging out of his pockets.”

Security video has linked Evers to several burglaries in recent months in Elk, Albion and Philo — including one in June at the same home where the shooting occurred. In the later incident, the homeowner, who was away from the residence, called the sheriff’s office to report that he was seeing the burglar on his home security video.

Evers is described as 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, with brown eyes, brown hair and reddish facial hair. He has tattoos on his arms and chest, including a “demon face” on his upper left arm.

Images from video show him wearing a backpack, and he is said to be familiar with the forests of Mendocino County.