On April 27, 2018, at about 1 p.m., a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputy conducting routine patrol in the McKinleyville area observed wanted felony warrant subject Loren Michael Lenhart, 26, at a bus stop on the 1600 block of Central Ave. The deputy made contact with Lenhart and observed several pieces of suspicious property nearby. Lenhart initially told deputies the property was not his. But when taken into custody on his warrant, Lenhart then told deputies that all of the nearby property belonged to him.
Among the property, deputies located a chainsaw and brand new blue jeans, later determined to have been stolen earlier that day from a McKinleyville business. Deputies also discovered a green hiking backpack, later determined stolen from a Eureka pawnshop.
Lenhart was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on his felony warrant for: vandalism, tampering with an automobile, buying/receiving stolen property and resisting arrest, in addition to fresh charges of: shoplifting and buying/receiving stolen property.
Anyone with information about 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.