Bad Guys Bungle Beach Burglery–Good Triumphs
Humboldt County Sheriff Press Release:
On 08-15-2011, approximately 11:15 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s office received a call from a citizen at Mad River Beach Access parking lot. The citizen told the dispatcher they just witnessed a man exit a Black Hyundai Tiberon and look into a parked car. The witness saw the man smash the window of the parked car and removed a black handbag. The man then got back into the Hyundai , which left on Mad River Road towards the City of Arcata. The Hyundai was being driven by a female.
A be-on-the-lookout was broadcast to local law enforcement agencies while deputies responded to the scene.
At approximately 11:20 a.m. an Arcata Police Officer spotted the Black Hyundai at Spears and Alliance Avenue, Arcata and initiated a traffic stop. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies joined the Arcata Police Officer on the traffic stop. Deputies also responded to Mad River Beach Access parking lot, met with the victim of the theft and the witness. At the deputies request the victim and the witness responded to where Arcata Police had the vehicle stopped. The witness identified the car and suspects; the victim identified the black bag which was a camera bag.
Deputies arrested Ronald Allen Rieke, 30 years from Arcata for burglary, conspiracy and probation violation, and Starr Ann Smith, 28 years from Arcata for burglary and conspiracy. Both were booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and their bail is set at $50,000.00