John Ross Ferrara / @ 4:10 p.m. / Crime

Officers Arrest Two in Fortuna in Possession of AK-47 With High-Capacity Magazine, Freshly Cut Marijuana, After Tracking Down Vehicle From Disnmore Weed Heist

Gregory Esskew (left), Kurtis Mann (right). Guns and weed seized from the vehicle (middle) Photos provided by HCSO.

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release:

On Saturday, September 23, 2017 at about 8:09 a.m. Humboldt County Sheriff Deputies spoke with a resident in Dinsmore who reported the theft of numerous marijuana plants. The victim noticed a vehicle parked in the area during the time of the theft and was able to record the license plate.

Based on additional investigative leads, deputies responded to a residence on Thelma Avenue in Fortuna where they located the vehicle in question. With the assistance of officers from the Fortuna Police Department and Fish &Wildlife, two subjects were detained on scene.  A search of the vehicle revealed numerous freshly cut marijuana plants believed to be that of the victims’.  Deputies also located a camouflaged Benelli 12 gauge shotgun, Savage Arms 7mm Rifle, and an AK-47 with a high capacity magazine in the trunk.

Gregory Esskew was arrested for PC 487- Grand Theft,  PC 182(a)(1)- Conspiracy to Commit a Crime, PC 12022(a)(1) – Armed while in commission of a Felony,  PC 30605- Possession of an Assault Rifle, andPC 32310- Possession of a large capacity magazine.

Kurtis Mann was arrested for PC 487- Grand Theft, PC 182(a)(1)- Conspiracy to Commit a Crime, and PC 12022(a)(1)- Armed while in Commission of a Felony.

Both Esskew and Mann were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where their bail has been set at $85,000.

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.
William Honsal, Sheriff



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