Late last night a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputy was on patrol in McKinleyville and noticed suspicious activity in front of a closed business on Joanna Court. At about 10:30 p.m. a deputy saw a man sitting in a parked car in front of the business when a second man approached the parked car on foot. The deputy contacted both men and learned that the man sitting in the vehicle, William Reynolds, 30 and transient, was on parole. The pedestrian provided the deputy with a false name and said he was in the area to get gasoline, although there are no service stations near Joanna Court. During the investigation, the pedestrian, eventually identified as Charles Kelley, 28 of Willow Creek admitted to being in the area to siphon gasoline. Deputies arrested Kelley and detained Reynolds. Deputies searched the area and found a gas can and a siphon hose lying next to a car parked at the business.
Deputies searched the vehicle Reynolds was sitting in and found burglary tools, including a pry bar, a window punch, wire snips, and needle nose pliers.
Deputies arrested Reynolds for possession of burglary tools and a parole violation. Kelley was arrested for providing false identification to a peace officer, tampering with a vehicle, possession of marijuana, and three outstanding warrants.