UPDATE, 3:23 p.m.: The Outpost spoke with Will Lawrence, the security guard in question, by phone a few moments ago. He said:

“I knew what the job was when I signed up for it. If I can find [my car] and it’s not on fire, I would be sooooo happy.”


UPDATE, 2:15 p.m. The security guard in this case reached out to the Outpost to insist that the police have the description of his car wrong. See the following Facebook post, as well as the comments below:


Early this morning an armed robbery took place at the Bear Extraction House at the 5500 block of West End road in Arcata.

Arcata Police responded to a “suspicious circumstance” call at 4:12 this morning and found a security guard unharmed. Police Chief Brian Ahearn said the security guard told APD there were two to three masked men and one had a rifle or a long gun that they used to “ensure the security guard did not disrupt the action.”

“We sent investigators to the scene and don’t have any leads right now,” Ahearn told the Outpost. “We hope to get some leads from anyone in the area and from the video that we have available.”

The suspects were able to gain access to a storage unit where an undetermined amount of cannabis was stolen. Ahearn said the suspects left the scene in a pickup truck and a silver Honda sedan that belonged to the security guard. Ahearn went on to say that the investigation is still in its early stages and the exact details and value of the stolen items are still being determined. 

Bear Extraction House, which focuses mainly on production of hash oil, is located in Arcata’s Cannabis Innovation Zone, an industrial area near Giuntoli Lane.

Stacia Eliason of Bear Extraction House said they will provide more information later in the day.

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