Arcata Police Department press release:

During the months of July and August, the City of Arcata experienced a significant number of residential burglaries. Many of these burglaries occurred during daylight hours while residents were at work.


The Arcata Police Department (APD) received information from alert neighbors in the areas around the burglaries advising they had seen a suspicious female adult in their neighborhood. Officers followed-up on the information and were ultimately able to develop a suspect.

On August 17th, 2018, officers from the APD served a search warrant on a residence in the 1500 block of 12th Street in Arcata. During the service of the warrant officers located stolen property associated with seven burglaries. Two of the seven burglaries had occurred outside of Arcata. Additionally, officers found evidence associated with a previously stolen vehicle. A large amount of stolen property was recovered and officers are continuing to link items with additional thefts and burglaries.   

The suspect was identified as Melissa McKinnon, 29 of Arcata. McKinnon was not home at the time of the search warrant service and she remains at large. Anyone having information on McKinnon’s whereabouts is encouraged to call the APD at (707)822-2428.