Clumsy Burglary Suspect Identified Through Surveillance Photos, Says HCSO

This is a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

201601226 SpringsOn Thursday, March 10, 2016 at about 12:34 p.m., Humboldt County Deputy Sheriff’s responded to the 20 block of Seadrift Lane, Westhaven, for a burglary alarm. Deputies were advised the male victim had video surveillance at the residence, which he was able to access through the internet. The victim was able to describe to deputies the suspect as a white male adult, with brown hair, and a dark colored top. The victim also stated as the suspect was fleeing the residence with an unknown object, the suspect slipped and fell.

Deputies reviewed photos from the surveillance video and deputies were able to identify the suspect from prior contacts as 20 year old Michael Otis Springs. Deputies searched the residence and surrounding area for Springs and were unable to locate him. Deputies expanded their search. At about 3 p.m. deputies located Springs less than one mile away on the 1100 block of Driver Rd, Westhaven.

Springs was arrested and taken to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for burglary and violation of probation. His bail has been set at $50,000.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.



  • i’m wondering what the unid’d object was that was taken, and if he had it with him when arrested.
    if not, where did he put it? has he some felonious friends in that neighborhood?

  • Tweeker and and a theif at 20 how sad ,but innocent until proven guilty in a court of law .

  • Another American loser to lazy to work.This is The new Generation

  • The name sounds familiar. I think this guy is the same that escaped handcuffed from a deputy a couple months ago on Stagecoach Rd. in Westhaven.

  • Don’t blame the 20 year olds. Blame the parents and the community. Survival mode created by bad decions will create even worse decisions. He is young enough to straighten out if he can suck it up and be a man. Watch ur finger pointing mister.don’t blame youth for their craziness. How is he supposed to fly like an eagle when he is surrounded by a flock of Turkeys. Haha

  • His photo looks like he’s saying “yep I’m a dumb ass”

  • LeAnna Carson-Hansen

    I am not sure if youth should be an excuse for deplorable choices to turn to a life of frequent contact with the police due to one’s decisions which go against civility.

    Civility is multifaceted.

    Choices made to disengage from the educational process, develop functional life skills, communication skills, job skills, a work ethic, and responsibility for providing for one’s financial needs are instilled first in the home, and then one’s peer group.

    Far too many of our young adults seem to steer towards a life of unhealthy choices which lead them down a dark perilous path towards no good end.

    As a prior posted said, “Man up.”

    What does that mean?

    To make amends.

    To make the choice to turn from the current path to one that may exclude peers or family members that are toxic for one to make excellent choices in how their future will be.

    Thankfully the young man did get caught.

    Maybe he will start seeing a better life ahead of him.

    • If I was a teen looking towards the future and knowing that working a job for federal minimum wage land you with a yearly income that falls under the govt poverty rate, it’d be hard to resist some black market and pretty stupid behavior. Not excusing the thieving, just saying.

      The federal minimum wage is at $7.25 before taxes and has not been raised since 2007.
      Even at $10 an hour its still monthly $1450-1500 after taxes.

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