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The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Eureka man late yesterday afternoon after a small group of neighborhood men caught him burglarizing a house. At about 4:15 p.m. Thursday the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a burglary in progress at a residence on the 100 block of Laura Lane in Indianola. As deputies were en route they received further information that the suspect was being detained in front of the residence. Upon arriving, deputies found the suspect, Timothy Bell, 39, being held on the ground by three men. Further investigation revealed that one of three men had been inside a nearby residence and had heard Bell breaking into the house. The neighbor went to investigate while his father called 9-1-1. The man was watching the house when two of his friends happened to drive by. Together, the three men positioned themselves outside of the residence.
A few minutes later they saw Bell exit the residence, carrying a backpack. They told Bell to stop but he tried to run. One of the men tackled Bell and then all three detained him until Sheriff’s Deputies arrived a few minutes later. Inside the backpack Bell had been carrying, deputies found items that had been taken from the residence Bell just exited.
“While we don’t ordinarily encourage the public to take matters into their own hands,” said Sheriff Gary Philp, “We appreciate these men for their awareness, courage, and willingness to get involved.”
Deputies arrested Bell and transported him to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for burglary and possession of stolen property. His bail was set at $50,000 and he is expected to be arraigned on Monday.