PREVIOUSLYBOLO: Suspected Burglar’s Fingerprints Connect Him to Willow Creek Break-Ins, Says Sheriff’s Office


From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On 07-18-2015, at about 2:00 A.M., the Hoopa Valley Tribal Police received a call for service regarding an alarm activation at the Coast Central Credit Union located on Hwy 96 in Hoopa, Ca. A Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Officer responded to the scene, and could see items strewn about inside the Bank. A Deputy from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist with the investigation.

The Law Enforcement Officers made entry into the Bank and determined there had been a burglary. It was discovered that someone had entered the Bank through the Air Conditioning ventilation system. Once inside the Bank, the subject collected U.S. coins and currency and placed it in a bag. However, the Bank’s alarm system was activated and the subject fled the scene, leaving the bag behind.

Law Enforcement conducted their investigation, and collected several items of evidence. They also viewed a portion of footage from the Bank’s video surveillance system. They were able to obtain a description of the suspect from the footage.

Prior to completing their investigation, at about 3:30 A.M., Hoopa Valley Tribal Police received another call for service at the Lucky Bear Casino located on Hwy 96 in Hoopa, Ca. It was reported there was a male subject on the roof of the Casino. Law Enforcement responded and prior to arriving on scene, they learned the Casino Security Staff had located an individual in some nearby bushes, and had detained him.

When Law Enforcement arrived on scene at the Casino, they conducted their investigation and learned Security Staff had heard some strange noises around the outside of the Casino. The Security Officers checked on the noise, but did not locate anyone. Later, a Security Officer that was in the lobby of the Casino happened to look up and see a human hand reaching through the Air Conditioning vent. The Security Officer notified other staff and they began searching for the subject. During their search for the subject, they heard footsteps on the roof. They went to the roof area and discovered the subject had made entry into the Casino through the Air Conditioning ventilation system. Security Officers were able to locate an individual in some bushes near the Casino. The Security Staff detained that subject until Police arrived.

Law Enforcement was able to identify the individual who had been detained, as Nicholas Cain Anderson, 24, of Salyer, Ca. Anderson is believed to be a suspect in a string of burglaries throughout Hoopa and Willow Creek.

Law Enforcement was further able to identify Anderson as being the burglary suspect they saw in the video surveillance footage they had just reviewed at Coast Central Credit Union.

Anderson was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correction Facility, where he was booked for multiple counts of burglary. He is being held on one hundred and five thousand dollars bail. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office will be seeking a bail enhancement.

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.