Apr 13, 2017

Help CHP locate the trailer and snowmobiles taken this morning on Hwy 96 in addition to a tow truck recovered with fire damage

(Photo on Facebook by Nehwan Nelson)

On April 13, 2017 at approximately 3:15 AM, a flat bed tow truck, owned by Buddy’s Auto Center, was a completing a service call on Hwy 96 north of Hoopa in Humboldt County. The tow truck was carrying a Dodge pickup and pulling an enclosed trailer containing two snowmobiles.

 The driver of the tow truck stopped for a chainsaw that was in the roadway and was confronted by two subjects reported as carrying firearms. One of the subjects discharged a round from a handgun and demanded the occupants of the tow truck get out.
The suspects were described as wearing dark clothing and dark masks. The tow truck driver and passenger complied and were unharmed. The suspects got into the tow truck and fled the scene traveling southbound on Hwy 96 towards Hoopa.
The California Highway Patrol and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department responded personnel to the scene. At approximately 8:30 AM, a US Forest Service crew reported having located the tow truck, which was on fire, on upper Mill Creek Rd. California Highway Patrol officers responded to the scene on Mill Creek Rd. The tow truck and Dodge pick-up were recovered. The tow truck sustained fire damage. The trailer and snowmobiles are still missing.
Anyone with information is requested to contact the California Highway Patrol.
  • Trailer Information: 2007 Haulmark 6x10 fully enclosed trailer, black with chrome wheel wells, California License plate 4KR8700
  • Snowmobile #1:  2011 Skidoo Snowmobile Summit Everest 800, black, License plate 24HE95
  • Snowmboile #2 : information pending


  1. this should be a public announcement to all drivers on all highways to not stop for any lost items on the highway. I'd have fallen for it as well. Glad everyone is safe, but Hell what f-cking a-sholes they must be to do this type of armed robbery!

  2. ncj did not bother to tell us about this