Two Arrested for Fortuna Burglary
This is a press release from the Fortuna Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On July 24, 2016 at approximately 2:45 AM, Officers with the Fortuna Police Department responded to the 800 block of 12th Street for a report of a burglary in progress. The victim reported that she arrived home to find two subjects in her residence.
Upon arrival, officers determined that a male and female suspect had fled out the rear of the residence. With the assistance of Officers from the Rio Dell Police Department, Ferndale Police Department, two Wardens from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, and Fortuna Police Department K9 Nordy, officers searched the area but they were unable to locate the suspects.
During the course of the investigation, officers determined that a vehicle parked in the area was associated to the burglary and contained property belonging to the victim. The vehicle was stored and a search warrant for the vehicle is being sought.
The suspects were identified as Francisco Javier James (Age 27) and Samantha Ann James (Moreno) (Age 26).
At approximately 6:30 AM, Officers located James walking on the area of the N. Fortuna Boulevard where he was taken into custody and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and booked on the following charges:
• PC 459 (Burglary)• PC 1203.2 (Violation of Probation – Currently on Probation for Burglary)
At approximately 7:45 PM, the department received information and a female subject was at a local tow yard trying to find her vehicle which has been towed last night. Officers determined that the female was Samantha Ann James and later located her hiding in the restroom of a nearby gas station. She was taken into custody and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and booked on the following charges:
• PC 459 (Burglary)
• PC 496 (Possession of Stolen Property)