May 24, 2013

Great Work by Our Detectives Seizing Illegal Firearms and Ammo

In the early morning hours of May 24, 2013, Santa Cruz Police Department Detectives served a search warrant on a mobile home in the Beachcomber Mobile Home Park on Mattison Lane in the unincorporated Live Oak area.   The search warrant was part of an ongoing investigation into an elaborate plot of Grand Theft from a Santa Cruz business.   Suspect Nicholas Yukich was arrested in the early morning hours of May 24, 2013 in the city of Santa Cruz on charges of conspiracy to commit Grand Theft.  Yukich was arrested before he was able to carry out his planned heist. 

Detectives learned of the plot from informants and began exploring the information.   The investigation revealed that Mr. Yukich was the mastermind behind the planned heist, and he attempted to recruit others into his scheme.   The plan had been in the works for months and included surveillance and reconnaissance of the intended target. 

In the course of serving the search warrant, Detectives uncovered a cache of weapons, including assault rifles, shotguns and handguns.  In all, 48 firearms, numerous high-capacity magazines and over 50,000 rounds of ammunition were recovered from the mobile home.  

Many of the seized firearms (Photos Attached) are believed to be in violation of California State laws prohibiting certain types of firearms classified as “Assault Weapons”.  Additionally, some of the ammunition is believed to be “armor-piercing” and also illegal to possess in California.   

 Detectives are continuing to pour over the cache of weapons and ammunition.  Experts from the United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are being consulted to assist in classifying the firearms and ammunition.  

 Yukich is currently being held in the Santa Cruz County Jail on a charge of conspiracy to commit Grand Theft with a $500,000 bail.  Additional firearms charges are pending.