Juvenile Burglar Caught Hiding in Dryer, Says EPD

by Stormy Taylor

Officers at the scene of the incident. [Photo by Stormy Taylor]

Early this afternoon, Eureka Police surrounded a home where a burglar was allegedly inside. The residence was located near the intersection of 17th and L Streets. Eureka Police requested backup from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office about 12:40 p.m. Fortuna Police also responded with a K-9 team.

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K-9 at the alleged burglary scene. [Photo by Stormy Taylor]

The 16-year-old male juvenile was eventually located “hiding in a dryer,” according to a tweet by Chief Andrew Mills. 

Stormy Taylor, a witness who provided us these photos from the scene tells us that the juvenile fought law enforcement as he was being taken from the home.

Later, Chief Mills told John Chiv, that the juvenile had a gun. Mills tweeted a photo of the gun and stated that the burglar arrest removed one more gun from the street.




  • Where did the 16-year-old get a gun? It looks older than his grandad.

    • Same place every criminal gets a gun, they steal it from someone who didnt keep it in a safe.

      • This is a commonly held, but factually inaccurate claim.

        There is an excellent article that explains several ways that criminals get guns, here is a small excerpt and link to the article.

        Ask a cop on the beat how criminals get guns and you’re likely to hear this hard boiled response: “They steal them.” But this street wisdom is wrong, according to one frustrated Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) agent who is tired of battling this popular misconception. An expert on crime gun patterns, ATF agent Jay Wachtel says that most guns used in crimes are not stolen out of private gun owners’ homes and cars. “Stolen guns account for only about 10% to 15% of guns used in crimes,” Wachtel said. Because when they want guns they want them immediately the wait is usually too long for a weapon to be stolen and find its way to a criminal.

        In fact, there are a number of sources that allow guns to fall into the wrong hands, with gun thefts at the bottom of the list. Wachtel says one of the most common ways criminals get guns is through straw purchase sales. A straw purchase occurs when someone who may not legally acquire a firearm, or who wants to do so anonymously, has a companion buy it on their behalf. According to a 1994 ATF study on “Sources of Crime Guns in Southern California,” many straw purchases are conducted in an openly “suggestive” manner where two people walk into a gun store, one selects a firearm, and then the other uses identification for the purchase and pays for the gun. Or, several underage people walk into a store and an adult with them makes the purchases. Both of these are illegal activities.


        • amimissingsomething

          Bullshit article! Most guns are stolen or bought from people who either are in the business of selling stolen guns after they have bought them on the black market or people who steal guns for a living. The man who wrote this article is also a teacher from a California State college if that brings to mind Libtard people who want to change our Constitution and also to sell their own books…..I agree with gun checks and waiting periods because they give our Government time to see if the people buying them are felons, but again the problem is no one checks or follows up on the background checks. California already has more gun laws than it can enforce. All the new laws do is make it harder for law abiding citizens to purchase guns and ammo. California has taken the 2nd amendment and turned it into a joke! It will take years but the new California Safe family act will be overturned by our New Supreme Court and Gavin Newsom (the wife beater) will go off into the sunset another rich politically corrupt individual. The new law has also made criminals out of law abiding citizens who have defended our Constitution! What kind of law is that???

          • BULLSHIT ! is right never no way no how is someone gonna go into a store and wait the 10 days have a gun in their name and then give it to a kid to commit crimes get freaking real

          • Took the words right out of my mouth. I don’t have to read the article to assure you it is wrong. Guns are bought, illegally for sure, but from someone who stole them.

        • So no more guns for Christmas for us law abiding gun owners???
          What a fucking joke.
          I’m sure this kid bout it legally just like everother criminal

      • So locked in my home is not safe enough?

  • Thank goodness someone called this burglar in and no one was hurt.. Kudos to all Law Enforcement involved in keeping the citizen’s of our community safe as possible.

  • That’s a little aggressive.

  • Times are really tough right now,I’m not surprised . although he’s pretty young.lets hope he can be turned around and set on a.good path.god knows we can all use help now and then.not all people are bad,just desperate.one good turn,deserves another maybe it was a cry for help♡♡♡♡♡

  • What did you do on Thanksgiving Vacation? ?? Hmmm…

  • Yeah that’ll teach that kid! You go girl.

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