Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office press release: 

On 07-26-2017 at approximately 10:48 A.M., Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to contact a State Parks Ranger at the Standish Hickey State Park in Leggett, California.


Upon their arrival, Deputies met with the State Park Ranger and learned that a subject had forced entry into three separate cabins at the Standish Hickey State Park. Based on ongoing issues with a neighbor to the park, the State Park Ranger believed that Daniel Meinecke may be responsible for the crime.

During this investigation, the Deputy and State Park Ranger noticed Meinecke was standing approximately 50 feet away on the other side of a chain link fence. The Deputy made contact with Meinecke at the fence and questioned him regarding the forced entry into the cabins.

During this continuing investigation, the Deputy obtained statements and physical evidence that proved Meinecke was responsible for forcing entry into the three cabins. It was also determined that Meinecke had stolen multiple items from the cabins after illegally entering the structures.

Based on this evidence, the Deputy advised and placed Meinecke under arrest for 459/460(a) PC [First Degree Burglary]. Meinecke also had a misdemeanor warrant issued for his arrest in Mendocino County for an unrelated offense.

Meinecke was subsequently booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $50,000.00 bail.