BLM Theft Suspects Arrested – August 29, 2012

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

David Mathew Silva

Arcata Police Dept. Press Release

HEINDON ROAD – On Sunday, Aug. 26, The Arcata Police Department was summoned to investigate a theft that occurred at the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) office on Heindon Road.

According to BLM representatives, two privately owned vehicles, a BLM all-terrain vehicle (ATV), and numerous miscellaneous tools were stolen from a secured yard behind their headquarters. The ATV was on a BLM trailer, which is also reported as stolen.

On Monday, Aug. 27, investigators received information that property matching the description of that stolen from the BLM office had been seen in the possession of a man in the 600 Blk of Scenic Drive in Trinidad.

Lee Kelly Hawkins

On Tuesday, Aug. 28, officers from the Arcata Police Department, Special Agents from the BLM Law Enforcement division, and Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies, conducted a probation search at the residence of 41-year-old David Mathew Silva. Upon entering the property officers observed numerous components lying about the yard that matched components of the stolen ATV.

Officers also located a number of tools at the residence that matched the description of those taken during the burglary. A loaded .44 magnum handgun was located in the bedroom occupied by Silva.

Silva was taken into custody for the following violations:

1203.2(a) PC, Violation of Probation

496(a) PC, Possession of Stolen Property

12021(a) PC, Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Lee Kelly Hawkins, 27 of Arcata, was also taken into custody at the residence for a violation of 496(a) PC, Possession of Stolen Property.

Surveillance photos of the suspects in the truck.

During the course of the investigation additional information was discovered that one of the vehicles stolen during the burglary may have been in the Blue Lake area. Arcata Police Department officers utilized an automated license plate reader recently purchased with the assistance of a grant from Coast Central Credit Union, to locate the red 1989 Toyota truck, abandoned in the 1400 block of Glendale Drive in Blue Lake.

Surveillance was obtained from a nearby business of a white female and a white male adult parking the stolen Toyota truck on Saturday, Aug. 25 at around 4:30 p.m. The two subjects drove away in a black, late model Ford F-150 crew cab truck.

Photos courtesy Arcata Police

The Arcata Police Department is seeking assistance in identifying the two subjects. If you have any information regarding the identity of the two subjects or the whereabouts of the black Ford truck, please contact the Arcata Police Department at 822-2424 or leave an anonymous tip at the Arcata Police Department’s Crime Tip Line at 825-2588.

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