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Brazen Heist at Bureau of Land Management

Thieves Break into BLM Secured Yard on Heindon Road in Arcata

 

UPDATED BELOW: Two Arrested; Two Others Sought

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

This weekend saw the brazen theft of several vehicles taken from behind a locked gate in Arcata by some determined scoundrels.

On Sunday, August 26, The Arcata Police Department was summoned to investigate a theft that occurred at the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) office on Heindon Road in Arcata near the Highway 101 and 299 interchange, according to the APD release today.

According to BLM representatives, two privately owned vehicles and a BLM all-terrain vehicle (ATV) were stolen from a secured yard behind their headquarters.  The ATV was on a BLM trailer, which is also reported as stolen. 
 
The stolen vehicles are privately owned by wildland firefighters, one of whom is currently deployed at a wildland fire in the Eastern Sierras.
  
The stolen vehicles were described as:
 
  •  A black 1999 Toyota Tacoma (CA license number  6JYK204)
  • A red 1989 Toyota pickup (CA license number 5V83905)
  • And a green 2006 Yamaha Rhino ATV.
  • The stolen trailer has a US Department of the Interior license plate (number L1423348).

In addition, several power tools were also stolen from BLM vehicles that were parked in the lot.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
Anyone with information about this incident is requested to contact the Arcata Police Department at 707-822-2428.
 
 
UPDATE:
 
APD says they have surveillance video from the area and are now trying to find the suspects.  A $2,500 reward is being offered for anyone with information regarding the thefts.
 
 
UPDATE WEDNESDAY AUGUST 29:  
 
On Monday, August 27, 2012, investigators received information that property matching the description of that stolen from the BLM office had been seen in the possession of a man in the 600 block of Scenic Drive in Trinidad.
 
On Tuesday, August 28, officers from the Arcata Police Department, Special Agents from the BLM Law Enforcement division, and Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies, conducted a probation search at the residence of 41-year-old David Mathew Silva.
 
Upon entering the property officers observed numerous components lying about the yard that matched components of the stolen ATV.  Officers also located a number of tools at the residence that matched the description of those taken during the burglary.  A loaded .44 magnum handgun was located in the bedroom occupied by Silva.
 
Silva was taken into custody for the following violations:
  • 1203.2(a) PC, Violation of Probation
  • 496(a) PC, Possession of Stolen Property
  • 12021(a) PC, Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Lee Kelly Hawkins, 27 of Arcata, was also taken into custody at the residence for a violation of 496(a) PC, Possession of Stolen Property.

During the course of the investigation additional information was discovered that one of the vehicles stolen during the burglary may have been in the Blue Lake area.  Arcata Police Department officers utilized an automated license plate reader recently purchased with the assistance of a grant from Coast Central Credit Union to locate the red 1989 Toyota truck, abandoned in the 1400 block of Glendale Drive in Blue Lake. 

Surveillance was obtained from a nearby business of a white female and a white male adult parking the stolen Toyota truck on Saturday, August 25th at around 4:30 pm.  The two subjects drove away in a black, late model Ford F-150 crew cab truck.

The Arcata Police Department is seeking assistance in identifying the two subjects.  If you have any information regarding the identity of the two subjects or the whereabouts of the black Ford truck, please contact the Arcata Police Department at 822-2424 or leave an anonymous tip at the Arcata Police Department’s Crime Tip Line at 825-2588. 

 
 

For additional information, please contact: Acting Sgt. Bob Martinez
Or the On-Duty Watch Commander
Arcata Police Department
(707) 822-2428
Case #12-2376

 

(Pictures are approximate representations only.  Posted by Skippy Massey)

3 Responses to “Brazen Heist at Bureau of Land Management”

  1. jake says:

    Stolen from a not so secured yard.
    The bureau needs to manage their land better.

  2. skippy says:

    Well, Jake, the devious crooks obviously misinterpreted BLM’s ‘Land of Many Uses’ motto to their own liking.

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