On 12-11-2012, approximately 6:00 am the Sheriff’s Office received a call that a citizen was in foot pursuit of a burglary suspect on Ashdown Avenue, McKinleyville. When deputies arrived they met with a citizen who resides in the 600 block of Montana Road, McKinleyville. The citizen told the deputies he was in his garage when he heard his car alarm sound. The citizen immediately exited his garage and saw the passenger side of his vehicle which was parked in his driveway had been smashed and there was a male standing near his car with a pit bull mix dog.
The man immediately started telling the victim he was “Sorry” as he was backing away from the citizen and his vehicle. The citizen tried to grab the male suspect to detain him for law enforcement. After a brief struggle the suspect pulled away and rode away on a bicycle with the victim chasing after him. The suspect began yelling at his dog to “Attack” the citizen, so the citizen discontinued his pursuit. The citizen told the responding deputies the damage to his vehicle was approximately $450.00 and there was five dollars in cash missing from the center console. Deputies checked the area for the suspect and could not find him.
On 12-12-2012, approximately 11:00 p.m. the citizen called the Sheriff’s Office and told the investigating deputy he saw the suspect again with the dog. The citizen followed the suspect to a residence in the 1300 Block of Anderson Road, McKinleyville. Deputies responded to the home on Anderson and located Rob O’Neil Harvey, 28 years old from McKinleyville. The citizen identified Harvey as the one he saw and chased. Harvey was arrested for burglary and violation of probation. Harvey was on probation for possession of burglary tools. He was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where his bail was set at $50,000.00.
Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.