at about 7:30 P.M., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call for service at the Country Club market on Humboldt Hill Rd., in Eureka. It was reported that a male subject was causing a disturbance at the business. The California Highway Patrol also had Officers in the area and they responded to assist.
While Deputies were responding, they received further information the male subject causing the disturbance was associated with a green Ford truck, which was parked in the parking lot of the store.
The caller provided the Sheriff’s Office with a license plate number for the green Ford truck. A records check revealed the vehicle had recently been reported as stolen out of Eureka. The suspect in the stolen vehicle report was reported to be (S) Brian Mello, 37, of McKinleyville.
Deputies and CHP Officers arrived on scene and contacted the male subject, who was working under the hood of the vehicle when they arrived. That subject was identified as Brian Mello. Deputies conducted an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the stolen vehicle.
Mello was subsequently arrested and taken to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility, where he was booked for auto theft, possession of stolen property, and violating his probation.
May 18 EPD Press Release:
On May 17, 2015 at about 1520 hours, Eureka Police officers responded to the vicinity of
the Bayshore Mall on a report of a Robbery that had occurred with a firearm. The
investigation revealed that no robbery had occurred but officers did receive information
about a subject who was witnessed to be in possession of a stolen dog and a firearm.
Officers learned that Brian Ryan Mello (37 of Eureka) was seen with a dog that had been
stolen from a camp behind the Bayshore Mall. They also learned that Mello had been
seen with a handgun during the past week.
On May 17, 2015 at about 1639 hours, an EPD officer saw Mello walking the described
stolen dog in the 1900 block of Broadway. The officer contacted Mello and detained him
in handcuffs. Mello was searched in accordance with his probation status and found to be
in possession of .380 caliber ammunition. In addition officers located a loaded .380
caliber handgun lying next to a building were Mello was contacted.
Brian Mello is a convicted felon and is prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm or
ammunition. Mello was arrested and booked into Humboldt County Correctional Facility
for being a felon in possession of a handgun and a felon in possession of ammunition.
The dog was returned to the owner and an investigation into the theft of the dog is ongoing.