HealthSPORT Intruder Arrested – May 11, 2012

Friday, May 11, 2012

James Burke

APD Press Release

ARCATA COMMUNITY PARK – On May Friday, 11  at about midnight, Officers from the Arcata Police Department were dispatched to the HealthSPORT facility at 300 Community Park Way, on the report of a burglary alarm sounding.  The responding Officers checked the facility and located an unsecured door.  Additional officers helped secure the exterior of the building and the interior was checked.  A person could be heard inside.  An Arcata Police K9 Officer was not on duty and the Eureka Police Department was contacted to assist.

Before the EPD K9 Officer could arrive, a male was seen fleeing the rear of the building.  Officers chased him.  Following a short foot pursuit, James Burke, 39, of Galt, California was detained.

The building was searched with the EPD K9 Officer and no other suspects were located.  The investigation into the incident discovered that a theft was attempted in the business.  Interior video security camera images were reviewed and Burke was determined to be the suspect in that attempted theft.

Burke was arrested for Burglary and Probation Violation.  He was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and held in custody.

Links between Burke and other burglaries in the Arcata area are unknown.  The Arcata Police Department was assisted in this incident by the Humboldt State University Police Department and the Eureka Police Department.

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