Guns, Meth, Bike Chop Shop Found in Transient Encampment, Says EPD

This is a press release from the Eureka Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and the individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

On March 17, 2015, at about 7:30 AM, Eureka Police Department officers and detectives with the Problem Oriented Policing Unit served a search warrant at a well-entrenched transient encampment located in the greenbelt area just north of the Bayshore Mall. The warrant was obtained after EPD received information from multiple sources that the residents of the illegal camp were in possession of a cache of firearms and dealing methamphetamine.

The suspects, Timothy Lynn Stockhoff (age 53 of Eureka) and his son, Joshua Allen Stockhoff (age 27 of Eureka), are both convicted felons with extensive criminal histories.

Timothy Stockhoff

Timothy Stockhoff

Timothy Stockhoff was located inside his tent and detained without incident.

During a search of the encampment, which included multiple tents and structures, officers located ammunition and 5 firearms including a Ruger .45 caliber semiautomatic pistol, a sawed-off Mossberg 12-gauge pump action shotgun, a Ruger .22 caliber semiautomatic rifle, a .30 caliber M1 carbine with high capacity magazines, and a Ruger .17 HMR scoped bolt action rifle. A records check on the Ruger pistol confirmed it had previously been reported stolen in the City of Eureka. Additional records checks are pending on the other firearms.

Officers located several grams of methamphetamine in Timothy Stockhoff’s tent along with ammunition and 4 of the 5 firearms. Additionally, a bicycle “chop shop” was located in another nearby tent and dismantled. Approximately a dozen bicycles, several bicycle frames, and a number of miscellaneous tools were collected for safekeeping as suspected stolen property.

Timothy Stockhoff was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for the following offenses: felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, possession of stolen property and possession of methamphetamine.

Joshua Stockhoff

Joshua Stockhoff

Joshua Stockhoff was not located at the time the search warrant was served. He is believed to have fled from a makeshift wooden shack (where officers located the sawed-off shotgun and ammunition) located to the rear of the encampment as officers approached. Stockhoff remains outstanding at the time of this release and a felony warrant will be sought for his arrest alleging felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Investigators also located a Del Norte County woman and her two children, ages 4 and 6 years old, at the camp. The children were taken into protective custody by Child Welfare Services pursuant to Protective Custody Warrants issued for them by the Del Norte County Superior Court.

Following the execution of the search warrant, the entire campsite was completely removed down to the dirt with assistance of other City staff and a frontend loader. Two large dumpsters (60 yards total) were nearly completely filled with junk and trash from the campsite.

The Eureka Police Department asks that citizens not call the department to inquire if any of their stolen bicycles or other items were recovered during this operation. EPD property clerks will be comparing the recovered items to our stolen property report inventories. Theft victims will be notified if any of their identifiable missing items have been recovered.

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3 comments

  • Awesome shade of St Patricks day green you got going there bub.

    “the entire campsite was completely removed down to the dirt with assistance of other City staff and a frontend loader. Two large dumpsters (60 yards total) were nearly completely filled with junk and trash from the campsite.”

    Good lord, I have an apartment and a garage and I don’t have that much stuff.

    • That was my home. It was not ‘junk&trash’. Just because you read things written about people,that are exaggerated a d focused on the negative….
      People have such nasty things to think,say,and feel. In turn makes them act out a certain way towards people in general
      Its really a sad thing!!
      My family and home life was loving! Daily we feed and cared for people that the public thrown away and ignored!
      My life is destroyed much farther than the mess you see in these pictures…please remember us ‘house-less’ are not all bad or lazy people.
      I would like to end this by greatly thanking those,with MUCH RESPECT,!!!!!….
      Those who believe in Tim and I and remember &KNOW that we are deeply good loving people and family!!

      • carolea watson goodwin

        i feel for these people. come on you think they choose all this. bad luck not bad people. poor choices and unfortunate circumstances. if you cant imagion then youve had a charmed life. star rupert you and tim have my sympathy, pretty sure i went to eureka high with him. anyway good luck on your journey, and may you get the help you need not the noterity you didnt ask for.

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