Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On 3/31/2024, at about 04:30 a.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 500 block of Pacific Ct. in Trinidad for the report of interrupted burglary with the suspect being detained by a homeowner.

Upon arrival, HCSO deputies found one of the homeowners to be detaining the suspect in the front yard of the residence. The suspect was detained by deputies and later identified as 65-year-old James Kelly. The homeowners reported to deputies that they had been awoken just prior to their 911 call by their dogs barking and the sound of their sliding glass door being opened. Upon investigating the noise, one of the homeowners located Kelly as he appeared to be attempting to exit their property. 911 was called to report the incident and Kelly was detained until law enforcement arrival.

After obtaining statements and conducting their investigation, Kelly was placed under arrest by deputies and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked on the charge of attempted burglary (PC664/460(a)).

Anyone with information about this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.