Sheriff Deputies Scared Off Intruder, Says Local Business Owner
A local business owner, Marie Mills of The Hemp Connection, says she is grateful for Measure Z money which is supporting more sheriff’s deputies in Southern Humboldt. Early Sunday morning her daughter received a call from the alarm company that the store’s alarm was sounding. Because Mills’ daughter wasn’t able to get to the store right away, she made sure the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department was alerted.
“When she got there, two sheriff’s [deputies] were there,” explained Mills. “The two sheriff’s [deputies] were there with five minutes and waited an hour.” Mills credits the deputies with scaring off the intruder.
“Someone had kicked in a locked door that faces the parking lot,” Mills said. Three bongs had been disturbed. “Those were found broken in various places…They didn’t really get anything,” she said.
However, earlier in the week, the business suffered from vandalism. “[S]omeone was walking down our block and broke the front door.” Mills said that incidents like that are expensive and hard on small stores.
Selena Zorilla-Mendoza, a spokesperson from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department, said that businesses in Southern Humboldt should be seeing evidence of surveillance checks by deputies. Now that Measure Z has allowed the department to hire more staff, the department, she said, is doing “patrol checks when businesses are closed.” The deputies check to make sure the doors are locked and there are no signs of forced entry. Then the deputies fill out a card indicating they’ve stopped by the business and then leave the card for the owner. Deputies showing up at businesses will hopefully keep crimes from occurring, she said.