story behind the story -

Reports of a multi-agency bust of some car burglars somehow do not include that the DA himself was playing cop, all dressed up in his POLICE SWAT gear. Not the DA investigators, which would be appropriate, but the DA, Paul Gallegos himself.

Five agencies join for car burglary arrests
The Times-Standard
Article Launched: 01/12/2008 01:16:39 AM PST

Two people were arrested Thursday after officers, investigators, deputies and agents from five law enforcement agencies linked them to seven car burglaries.

The Humboldt County District Attorney's Office said Nathan William Bartlett, 33, and Rebecca Louise Hamline, 27, both of Eureka, were arrested after three search warrants were served at various locations around Eureka.

The DA's Office said the two were arrested in connection with the seven car burglaries, two car thefts, a count of robbery and a count of vehicle vandalism.

”The investigation has so far determined that Hamline and Bartlett targeted areas where vehicles were parked and remained for a significant period of time, such as parking lots, beaches, churches, Park and Ride facilities and state parks,” said a DA's Office press release.

People who have been victims of thefts are asked to make a detailed lists of what was taken and then call DA Investigator Wayne Cox at 268-2591, or e-mail him at wcox@co.humboldt.ca.us .

Two others were arrested in the course of the investigation. Dennis Keith Cox, 29, and Desiree Dawn Visser, 30, both of Eureka, were arrested on drug charges and booked into the Humboldt County Jail.

The agencies involved in the investigation were the DA's Office, the Eureka Police Department, the Humboldt County Sheriff's Department, the Bureau of Land Management and the Humboldt County Drug Task Force.

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