SOUTH EUREKA – A man with a stolen assault rifle was arrested this morning, March 17 on the south side of Eureka.
At about 9 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a telephone call from a concerned citizen about a male subject, Michael Podesta. The citizen stated Podesta was walking in the 5000 block of Vance Street, Eureka. The citizen stated Podesdta may be concealing an assault rifle in a duffle bag he was carrying.
Vance Street is located in off Herrick Avenue west of the Eureka Golf Course.
Deputies were immediately dispatched to the area and located Podesta walking on Vance Street carrying a duffle bag. Deputies received information through their communications center that Podesdta was on probation with a search and seizure clause. Deputies detained Podesta and searched the duffle bag. Deputies located a loaded SKS assault rifle, caliber 7.62 in the duffle bag. Deputies learned through their communications center that the rifle was reported stolen through the Eureka Police Department. Deputies also located a knife in the duffle bag that was reported stolen from the same victim.
Podesta, 40 ,was placed under arrest on suspicion of possession of an assault rifle, possession of stolen property, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and for violation of probation. Podesta was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and his bail was set at $50,000s.
Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.