Owner of precious gems identified

The owner of precious gems and stones that were found in a Eureka hotel room has been identified, the Eureka Police Department announced Friday in a press release.

On Wednesday afternoon, officers had responded to the hotel on the 1900 block of Fourth Street to conduct a probation search of a room. Officers located several boxes, each of which contained several hundred precious gems and stones. None of the people at the scene claimed ownership of the boxes or any knowledge about them, so officers collected the items for safekeeping.