Eureka Police Department press release: 

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 (various security images at the bottom of this post). 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) 445-7251

In McKinleyville

In Fortuna

In Eureka

In McKinleyville