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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Stolen news camera recovered; suspect at large Featured

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According to a press release from the Eureka Police Department, dated Jan. 29, 2013:

On the afternoon of 01/28/13, detectives from the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) responded to a neighborhood complaint in the 2500 block of Union St. The complaint alleged excessive foot and vehicle traffic coming from an apartment located in the alley. Detectives contacted a female living in the apartment, who advised them one of the subjects living with her was Edward Charles Vercoe (12/28/69). Vercoe in on active PRCS Parole and is subject to search and seizure at anytime.

During a subsequent search, detectives located ½ gram of Heroin and a Sony HD video camera they believed was related to a weekend burglary of News Channel 3. Employees from Channel 3 were contacted and responded to the scene where they positively identified the Sony camera and related cables. The employees from Channel 3 stated there are additional cameras and equipment outstanding.   

Vercoe was not on scene at the time the search was conducted and is currently wanted for being in Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Stolen Property. Anyone with information regarding Vercoe’s whereabouts can contact the Eureka Police Department, at (707) 441-4060, or call the Problem Oriented Policing Unit at (707) 441-4373.

Suspect wanted: Edward Charles Vercoe.



Previous press release related to this case from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Jan. 28, 2013:
On 01-27-2013, approximately 12:00 noon the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the station manager of KIEM News reporting a burglary to the station. A deputy responded to 5650 South Broadway Avenue, Eureka and met with the station manager who reported that someone stole four news video cameras and a scanner from a single wide trailer located behind the building. There were no signs of forced entry. The stolen items were last seen in the trailer at 8:30 p.m. Saturday night, 1-26-2013 and were discovered missing on Sunday, 1-27-2013, approximately 11:00 a.m. The news station and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s office is requesting the public be on the lookout for the three stolen Sony cameras and a Panasonic camera, along with a radio shack scanner. Estimated loss is $10,000.00.   

Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

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