The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a reported case of grand theft from the decommissioned Centerville Beach Naval Station, west of Ferndale. A demolition crew hired by the federal government returned to work at the base Monday and discovered several vehicles and pieces of machinery had been stolen. The crew noted that a security fence had been cut and the following items had been stolen:
1991 (approx. year) Bobcat 553 Skid Steer Loader, white, orange and black. The Bobcat had an attached custom-made grapple bucket. The tires on the Bobcat are Setco brand solid (hard rubber) tires.
1998 24-foot Towmaster trailer with a bamboo deck, black in color, with "NWDD" on a stainless steel plate that is attached to the front frame rail of the trailer. The trailer displays Oregon License plate HS34108. The trailer is used to transport the Bobcat.
A Multiquip brand 25KVA generator. The generator has wheels.
The victim estimated the value of the stolen property at approximately $39,000.