Fortuna police officers located a large amount of stolen property in the possession of Gerald Wayne Newmaker, 50, during a probation search on a residence in the 3100 block of Church Street in Fortuna on Jan. 16.
A stolen chainsaw with a supply of chain, fishing equipment/down rigger and a large amount of tools still in the original packaging with price tags were located, seized and confirmed stolen from local businesses and residents, according to the department. The property was photographed and returned to the businesses and owners.
The department is forwarding this case and a request for charges against Newmaker for possession of stolen property and violation of probation to the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office. The investigation is ongoing, according to a press release.
The department asks anyone with information about this crime or other crimes in Fortuna to call its WeTip Crime Line at 1-800-78-CRIME. Callers will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.