The Bandanna Bandits Sought by Multiple Law Enforcement Agencies

Fortuna 03-19Press release from Eureka Police Department:

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.

Recent cases:

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

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, (707) 445-7251Eureka 01-28McKinleyville 01-28

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.



  • It’s been a lil bit since they have struck ,so them ,most likely being junky s . They are do to srike again soon .I don’t think our cops will find them before hand ,so that being said people lock your stuff down . Store owners and gas station .bolo

  • What about this one

    On Friday January 8, 2016 at approximately 7:00 am, the Arcata Police Department responded to a robbery that had just occurred at the Red Roof Inn located at 4975 Valley West Blvd in Arcata.

    The suspect entered the business and demanded cash from the front desk clerk and then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of currency. No weapon was seen and no injuries were reported.

    The suspect was described as a white male adult, approximately 6’0″ tall with a medium build. His clothing was described as a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, a scarf over his face and black gloves.

    I know its not 2 men but he is 6ft and it happened in the early hours and is dated before all the gas station robberies. Was this one of the perps testing the waters before a duo was ever formed?

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