Two Arrested in Ferndale Burglary, Says Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department
Two men face felony grand theft charges after an alert homeowner and law enforcement worked together. According to Samantha Karges of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department, about 11:45 a.m., a homeowner arrived at their home to find two men stealing power tools. When confronted, the men fled.
The Sheriff’s Department then posted the photos and broadcast a bolo for the suspects.
About 3:30 p.m., Karges said, “Fortuna Police
conducted a traffic stop in the area of…School Street [and] they detained two men. The two have been arrested [and] all property has been recovered.” [UPDATE: Karges said she had new information that it wasn’t a traffic stop. It was a vehicle investigation. “A Fortuna officer spotted the vehicle parked at a residence on the corner of W. School St. and Webber St.,*” she explained. “One suspect was in the car, another was inside the residence.”]
Brandon Buchholz, born May 7, 1990, and Ryan Whittington, born August 1, 1987, face felony grand theft charges.
*Note: We have learned that it was a Fortuna Fire Chief.