On Sunday, February 26th, 2017 at about 9:15 a.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a residential burglary in the 500 block of Melville Road, Garberville. Upon arrival, it was reported that two apartments had been burglarized sometime during the night. Both residents were home at the time of the burglaries and both victims reported their front doors were locked prior to going to bed. There was no evidence of forced entry.
At about 3:25 p.m., Sheriff’s Deputies were contacted by one of the victims who reported that his stolen laptop computer had just alerted him to an activation. The computer’s tracking system indicated it was currently at an unknown location in the 900 block of Redwood Drive, Garberville.
Deputies responded to the vicinity and contacted Scott Antonio Arreguin (age 28) who was walking in the area. Arreguin is well-known to the Deputies but he was not currently in possession of the stolen computer. Arreguin was, however, wearing shoes that matched the description of shoes that were stolen during one of the burglaries on Melville Road. It was determined that Arreguin was associated with a room at the Lone Pine Motel (912 Redwood Drive, Garberville).
Deputies searched this room and located numerous items of stolen property. The stolen property was associated with several different Southern Humboldt burglaries that have been reported over the last two weeks. In addition to the stolen property, Deputies located David Andrew Jones (age 27) in the motel room. Jones was placed under arrest for an outstanding warrant.
Arreguin and Jones were subsequently transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for booking. Arreguin was booked for burglary, possession of stolen property, and an outstanding felony warrant. Jones was booked on his outstanding misdemeanor warrant.
Additional victims have since been contacted and their stolen property has been returned. Attached is a photograph of suspected stolen property where victims have not been identified. If you recognize any of these items please contact Sergeant Jesse Taylor at the Garberville Station.
Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-923-2761 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.