At approximately 9:12 a.m. a Humboldt County deputy sheriff spotted the vehicle and female suspect on Sutter Road in McKinleyville. The deputy initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle near Azalea Avenue and Sutter Road.
After stopping the vehicle the deputy spoke with the woman, who was the only occupant in the car and who identified herself as Karen Marie Palsson, age 50 , of Miranda. While speaking with Palsson the deputy saw she had a five shot Smith and Wesson .38 special revolver next to her thigh on the driver seat. Palsson was immediately detained by the deputy and the loaded weapon was removed from the driver’s seat.
K-Mart loss prevention staff responded to the scene and identified Palsson as the person they saw stealing cosmetics. When Palsson was searched, the stolen cosmetics were recovered in her boot. Deputies also located a small amount of methamphetamine on Palsson, and a pipe for smoking narcotics.
She was arrested for petty theft, possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle and possession of methamphetamine. She was transported and booked into the Humboldt County correctional facility where her bail was set at $100,000.
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.
Karen Marie Palsson