On August 8, 2020, at about 4:45 a.m., officers with the Eureka Police Department responded to a business on the 400 block of First Street in Eureka for the report of an audible burglary alarm activation. The alarm company contacted the business owner who viewed surveillance and confirmed a burglary had occurred and an unknown male was still inside.
Once on scene, officers could see a male walking inside of the closed business. Officers made verbal commands for the male to exit but the male failed to comply. After several warnings, officers entered the building and located the male hiding in an interior office space. The male was identified as Dustin Whitten (32 of Eureka).
After reviewing video surveillance, it was determined Whitten was passing miscellaneous business equipment out of a broken window to an unknown person waiting outside. Officers were able to locate and return all stolen equipment. Investigation into the involvement of the person outside is ongoing.
Whitten was transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for burglary.