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Hoopa man arrested during investigation into 'SWAT' armed robbery spree

Suspect found with a fully-automatic rifle

HOOPA, Calif. - A man was arrested on several weapons charges during an investigation into a string of armed robberies involving men in fake SWAT gear that took place Nov. 2 and 3.

In response to the recent armed robberies on Bair Road and Bald Hill Road in the Hoopa area, the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office held a maximum enforcement day Monday.

On Nov. 13, deputies spent time in the Hoopa area attempting to identify possible armed robbery suspects. This included completing probation searches and specifically attempting to locate wanted persons.

During the course of the operation, deputies contacted Harvey Robert Crews Jr. at his home on Moon Lane in Hoopa.

Crews had an active warrant out for his arrest and was found hiding inside the residence. While taking the man into custody, deputies saw drug paraphernalia, several AR-15 type rifles, and high-capacity magazines. 

A search warrant was obtained for the residence and it was later determined one of the rifles had been converted to fully automatic, deputies said.

Crews was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on the warrant plus the following weapons violations:
23910 PC Possession of firearm with serial number removed
30605 (A) PC Possession of assault weapon
32210 PC Possession of high capacity magazine
33210 PC Possession of short barrel rifle
11364 HS Possession of drug paraphernalia 

The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate the armed robberies and is asking for help from the public.  Please call 707-445-7251 if you have any information regarding the armed robberies that took place in the Hoopa area on Nov. 2 and 3. 


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