On June 28, 2017, at about 6:15 a.m., officers with the Eureka Police Department responded to the 70 block of West 2nd Street for the report of a burglary to a large storage building. Dispatchers received second hand information that transients were taking property from the building which stores goods belonging to the Betty Kwan Chinn Center.
Chinn responded and reported that the building had been completely ransacked, defecated in, and a large amount of property had been stolen. The stolen items included supplies and goods collected for about twenty college bound, low-income students.
At about 1:30 p.m., the Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) was patrolling the area of West 3rd and Commercial Streets when they noticed a large amount of property on the sidewalk near a group of transients. Chinn responded and identified the property as hers but said there was a large amount of property still outstanding.
27 year old Brittany Johnson and 49 year old Daniel Gurley were sitting with the property when officers arrived. They were transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for possession of stolen property. Gurley had an additional charge for violation of probation.
This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the outstanding property or identity of any additional suspects is asked to contact the Eureka Police Department.