Two Arrested With Multiple Stolen Items and Drugs

IMG_3697Press release from the Eureka Police Department:

On 12/01/15, at about 11:00 a.m., the Eureka Police Department’s MIST/Homeless officers, assisted by detectives with the Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP), served a search warrant at an illegal camp in the greenbelt to the rear of the 3300 block of Broadway. The warrant was obtained in response to complaints of drug sales activity being perpetrated by the illegal lodgers residing there, John Allen Eccles (56 of Eureka) and Tabitha Lyn MacDonald (30 of Eureka). Detectives also simultaneously searched a related storage unit on the 4100 block of Broadway.

While searching the suspects’ camp and storage unit, detectives located three pounds of processed marijuana, heroin use paraphernalia, and stolen property. An electric guitar, bicycle, and a gas powered rototiller were confirmed as stolen. The rototiller was taken from a nearby department store at the mall on 11/30/15. The bicycle was stolen on 11/18/15 from outside a business on the 1400 block of 5th Street. The guitar had been reported stolen in the Sheriff’s jurisdiction in March 2013. Additionally, several other items were collected for safekeeping as suspected stolen property, including a number of tools.

MacDonald and Eccles were subsequently arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. MacDonald was booked for possession of marijuana for sale, maintaining a place for drug sales/use, possession of stolen property, probation violation, possession of drug paraphernalia, and a warrant for petty theft. Eccles was booked for maintaining a space for drug sales/use, possession of marijuana for sale, felon in possession of a stun gun, possession of stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia, probation violation, a warrant for DUI, and for knowingly bringing a controlled substance into the jail. (Over ½ gram of tar heroin.)

MacDonald’s and Eccles’ illegal camp will also be removed from its location on City Property along the waterfront due to their blatant violation of the clearly established behavioral expectations set forth in EPD’s “Homeless Tracking and Accountability” document. This flier has been extensively distributed among the homeless camps in the area. Eccles and MacDonald were both handed a copy of the flier the week prior to the search warrant’s service. They signed the form acknowledging and agreeing to its behavioral expectations, which state in part, “I also understand that criminal behavior such as violence, theft, possession of illegal weapons and drug trafficking will cause immediate and permanent removal from this area.”

Tabatha Lyn MacDonald John Allen Eccles



  • So the city has them sign a form that is a type of lease?
    Why would the city need a warrant to search their own property?

  • The lease states that if you don’t follow the rules the city takes away your water front property. That’s hilarious.
    quite a deal

    • I wonder if they honor that contract, if an easement couldn’t be forced? City allows, open and nourtious access, which is what you need. A few bucks and the city cedes waterfront to mutants. They just need a good lawyer to take the land.

      Bizzaro, even worse than over priced art or dead landscape plantings.

      Wow city, you slack and let mutants steal land from your worthless ass. Go city! Unincorporate now, dump the trash! City can’t wipe it’s own ass.

  • The document constitutes what is called a “license”. It is essentially a revocable permission to use a parcel. Once the city recognizes the tenant adverse possession isn’t possible as it is no longer notorious. The squatter would also have to have been paying the property tax on said property in order to force possession.

    • If the tenant doesn’t sign the contract with the city, makes a property tax payment, fences off their easement….

      What would happen then?

      • If the parcel is in fact owned by the city then it is tax exempt. In order to force adverse possession one would have to take action against the entire parcel, fencing would be meaningless.

        • OK,
          What is to stop them from forming mutant, Inc. Getting funding for community fencing of the parcel, and taking possession? The city has shown they do not control the parcel.

          Honored by your Intel.

  • He looks deep in thought

  • I am impressed that a neighbor made a complaint. Not all of the homeless want drug dealers next door. Nice to know Eureka is doing something and a “Homeless Tracking and Accountability”, behavioral agreement, is a good place to start. This gives weight when a behavior is out-of-line, gives the right to complain about bad neighbors. Kudos to the one who thought of it.

  • The city resorts to these measures because tlof incompetence.
    They don’t want to spend the money it would take to actually adress this problem so they print up fliers,..what a joke!

  • Some of those in the encampment shoulda taken advantage of black friday week – the only time its “legal” to camp on a sidewalk for a week.

  • no wonder there are so many homeless up there. They straight hand these people a flier stating that they can stay as long as they don’t commit any criminal activity? Isn’t squatting a crime? lol

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