The Bandanna Bandits Sought by Multiple Law Enforcement Agencies
From January 28 – March 20, 2016, Humboldt County has experienced a rash of armed robberies primarily in Fortuna, Eureka, Arcata, and McKinleyville. Surrounding agencies are working together to compare notes and find similarities between the cases. What we know:
- Typically two male suspects
- Silver handgun brandished
- Wearing masks and/or hoodies
- Targeting gas stations and mini marts near major highways
- Vehicles involved parked out of sight (green Honda Civic or gray Chevrolet SUV described in at least two of the cases)
- Most incidents occurred between 5:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.
01/28/16 at 5:36 a.m., gas station, 3505 Broadway, Eureka
01/28/16 at 6:50 a.m., gas station on Central Ave, McKinleyville
03/18/16 at 4:57 a.m., gas station on Murray Rd, McKinleyville
03/18/16 at 5:45 a.m., gas station on Alliance, Arcata
03/18/16 at 6:31 a.m., gas station on Fairway Drive, Eureka
03/19/16 at 10:50 p.m., market on School St., Fortuna
03/20/16 at 6:47 a.m., drive through fast food, Eureka
It is important for businesses to be aware of these trends so that they can take steps to better protect their employees and customers. Be alert, be visible, and have clear policies for employees. Check out the Portland Police Bureau’s Guide to Robbery Prevention for many good tips to consider.
Anyone with information regarding these cases is asked to call the related jurisdiction.
Eureka Police Department, (707) 441-4060
Fortuna Police Department, (707) 725-7550 or the WeTip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME
Arcata Police Department, (707) 822-2424 or the Crime Tip Line at (707) 825-2588
UPDATE: From the Eureka Police Department:
On 03/23/16 at about 9:05 p.m., an officer with the Eureka Police Department was driving to work when he spotted the blue van possibly associated with a burglary parked near the 400 block of N Street.
Officers made contact with the female driver and found that she was not involved in the burglaries. The vehicle was towed due to the female being an unlicensed driver. The female led officers to a motel room on the 800 block of Broadway St. where they found several items of suspected stolen property.
This is an ongoing investigation and no arrests have been made at this time. Stay vigilant and continue to call in suspicious behaviors in your neighborhood.
*A total of three firearms were reported as stolen during the residential burglaries yesterday. It is imperative that firearms are secured inside homes and also never left in vehicles. Consider purchasing a safe to decrease the chance of having a firearm stolen.