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Eureka man arrested with alleged stolen assault rifle

EUREKA - A Eureka man with a rifle was arrested after a concerned citizen phoned law enforcement. Taken into custody was 40-year old Michael Podesta.

At 9 this Tuesday morning, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call that Podesta was walking along the 5000-block of Vance Street with a duffle bag. After an authorizes search, deputies found a loaded SKS assault rifle that had been reported stolen along with a large knife.

Podesta was booked into the Humboldt County Jail and charged with numerous possession charges, stolen property and violation of probation. Bail was set at $50,000.