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SUSAN GARDNER - REDWOOD TIMES Two men suspected of committing area burglaries are shown handcuffed on the sidewalk outside a room at the Johnston's Motel in Garberville last Tuesday.

GARBERVILLE >> On Tuesday, Aug. 12 at approximately 10:30 a.m., Humboldt County sheriff's deputies saw a white Chevy pickup truck parked at Johnston's Motel on Redwood Drive in Garberville. The truck matched a description of a truck possibly involved with burglaries and other theft related offenses in the Garberville and Redway areas. The deputies learned the driver of the truck was staying in room #15 at the motel. The deputies knocked on the door of that room and it was answered by Natasha Aspinwell, age 24, of King Salmon. Aspinwall held her 5-month-old baby boy while she spoke with the deputies.

Deputies learned Aspinwall was on formal felony probation with a search clause. While deputies were at the front door with Aspinwall, deputies at the back of the motel saw the window screen push out and an adult male attempt to flee the room. The male was detained and identified as Steven Buskirk, age 36, of Eureka. Deputies learned Buskirk was also on felony probation.

Deputies detained another male located in the motel room, who verbally identified himself as Travis Quiett.

Deputies searched the motel room and located a small amount of heroin, numerous syringes, methamphetamine pipes, Norco pills, scales, thirty-five $100 bills, items indicating the sale of marijuana, a black ski mask, wire cutters, three two-way radios, a pry bar, headlamps, flashlights, electrical tape and binoculars.


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Deputies arrested Aspinwall for possession of a controlled substance, child endangerment, possession of burglary tools, allowing a place for drugs to be used/sold, and probation violation. Her child was taken into protective custody. Aspinwall was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and booked. Her bail was set at $50,000.

Buskirk was arrested for violation of probation, possession of a controlled substance and possession of burglary tools. He was transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. His bail was set at $25,000.

Deputies learned Quiett was actually Beau McCabe, age 32, a transient. McCabe was also on formal felony probation. He was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of burglary tools, providing a false name to a police officer and violation of probation. He is being held without bail.

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.