Butte County Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Kory L. HoneaThe Sheriff’s Office serves all the citizens of Butte County by providing a mix of public safety and public service functions. The Sheriff’s Office provides around-the-clock law enforcement service to every region of the county. In addition to 24 hour policing, we offer Butte County citizens a full range of services including, coroner services, civil services, court security and corrections.

 

 

 

  

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OROVILLE RESIDENTS ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY AND MANUFACTURING METHAMPHETAMINE

January 8, 2021

OROVILLE RESIDENTS ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY AND MANUFACTURING METHAMPHETAMINE

Oroville, CA – On the afternoon of January 7, 2021 a homeowner who resided in the area of Cherokee Road, Oroville called the Butte County Sheriff’s Office and reported they had interrupted a burglary at their residence. Deputies and detectives immediately responded to the area and obtained a description of the suspect from the homeowner. Deputies conducted an area check and located the suspect standing outside of a residence in the 2400 block of Cherokee Road. Deputies and detectives identified the suspect as Brian Horton, age 44, of Oroville.
Deputies and detectives determined Horton resided at the residence where he was contacted, and Horton was on active California State Parole. Deputies and detectives conducted a search of Horton’s residence pursuant to the terms and conditions of Horton’s parole. During the search of Horton’s residence, deputies and detectives contacted Horton’s girlfriend, who was identified as Mindy Kruse, age 35, of Oroville.
Deputies and detectives located numerous evidence items inside Horton’s residence to include the following items: Two firearms, a sawed off shotgun, ammunition, evidence related to the aforementioned burglary, and a methamphetamine lab. The Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force responded to Horton’s residence and processed the methamphetamine lab. A photograph of the firearms deputies and detectives located is attached to this press release.
During the subsequent investigation, detectives located additional evidence that Horton was involved with a separate residential burglary that occurred on Christmas day in the Oroville area. Detectives also located property in Kruse’s purse that was stolen during a vehicle burglary that occurred in the Oroville area.
On the evening of January 7, Horton was booked into the Butte County Jail for felony counts of residential burglary, being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession of stolen property, possession of a sawed off shotgun, manufacturing a sawed off shotgun, manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of stolen property, and for violating the terms and conditions of his parole. On the evening of January 7, Kruse was booked into the Butte County Jail for felony counts of vehicle burglary and possession of precursors used to manufacture methamphetamine. Horton and Kruse are scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on Monday, January 11, at 3 PM.
During the investigation, detectives located evidence Horton was involved in additional thefts on Christmas day. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about this investigation or who had property stolen on Christmas day to contact detectives at 530-538-7671.
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Friday, January 08, 2021 /Number of views (106) /Categories: Press Release
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CHICO RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY

January 7, 2021

CHICO RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY

Chico, CA – On November 30, 2020, a local business contacted the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) and reported a four wheeler had been stolen from their business. Deputies responded to the business, obtained video surveillance of the areas surrounding the business, and conducted an investigation. Deputies were able to identify the suspect as Michael Hubburt, age 32, of Chico.
On December 15, deputies obtained a search warrant for Hubburt’s residence, which is located in the 100 block of York Drive, Chico. During the service of the search warrant, detectives located a firearm and ammunition. After serving the search warrant at Hubburt’s residence, deputies obtained a second search warrant for a storage unit Hubburt had rented in Chico. During a search of the storage unit, deputies located approximately $10,000 in stolen property.
Based on the aforementioned investigation, deputies obtained an arrest warrant for Hubburt. Hubburt was placed under arrest on January 5, 2021. During the arrest of Hubburt, deputies located additional evidence related to this investigation. On the evening of January 5, Hubburt was booked at the Butte County Jail for the following felony charges: vehicle theft, being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and possession of stolen property. Hubburt is scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on January 8, at 3 PM.
During the search of Hubburt’s storage unit, deputies located tool boxes containing numerous electrical supplies, and tree climbing equipment. The Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate the owners of the tool boxes and tree climbing equipment. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about this investigation to contact Deputy Jessica Raggio at 530-538-7671.
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Thursday, January 07, 2021 /Number of views (72) /Categories: Press Release
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JANUARY 2021 UPDATE-SHOOTING SUSPECT ARRESTED

January 6, 2021

JANUARY 2021 UPDATE-SHOOTING SUSPECT ARRESTED
Oroville, CA – During the arrest of Cher and Gier Vang, detectives located evidence related to this investigation. Over the past two months, detectives have continued to conduct follow-up related to this investigation.
On November 19, detectives served a search warrant in the 1000 block of Butte Avenue, Oroville. During the service of the search warrant detectives contacted Johnny Thao, age 26, of Oroville. During a search of Thao’s residence detectives located ammunition, evidence of marijuana sales, and evidence related to the November 7 drive-by shooting. On November 19, Thao was placed under arrest for being a prohibited person in possession of ammunition, and possession of marijuana for sale. Thao has remained in custody at the Butte County Jail since his November 19 arrest.
Detectives and the California Department of Justice spent the past month processing digital and physical evidence that was located during this investigation. Detectives also conducted numerous interviews related to this investigation.
Based on the evidence located during the investigation Thao was placed under arrest for the following felony charges on January 4, 2021: Being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, assault with a deadly weapon, and participating in a criminal street gang. Thao is scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on January 6, at 3 PM. Thao’s bail was set at $2,120,000. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about this investigation to contact detectives at 530-538-7671.


November 12, 2020
BCSO DETECTIVES ARREST TWO INDIVIDUALS DURING DRIVE-BY SHOOTING INVESTIGATION
Oroville, CA – On the evening of November 7, 2020, deputies and detectives responded to a drive-by shooting in the area of Mountain Vista Drive, Oroville. Upon arrival deputies determined a victim had been shot, a residence had been shot multiple times, and two vehicles had been shot. The victim was transported to a local hospital and is in stable condition.
Detectives conducted follow-up and determined the victims were hosting a family gathering at their residence. Around 6:20 PM a vehicle drove past their residence. An individual in the vehicle fired multiple shots toward the residence. One of the bullets struck the victim, and one bullet penetrated the wall to a room housing four children.
On November 9, while conducting follow-up on the shooting, detectives conducted a probation search at a residence located in the 4700 block of V-E Avenue, Oroville. During a search of the residence detectives located approximately 300 grams of methamphetamine, a firearm with an altered serial number, and clothing depicting the name of a criminal street gang. Cher Vang, age 26, of Oroville, and Gier Vang, age 20, of Oroville were both placed under arrest during the probation search.
On November 9, Cher and Gier were booked into the Butte County Jail for possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of a controlled substance while armed, altering a firearm serial number, and participating in a criminal street gang.
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Wednesday, January 06, 2021 /Number of views (156) /Categories: Press Release
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CHICO RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR DURHAM POST OFFICE BURGLARY

January 5, 2021

CHICO RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR DURHAM POST OFFICE BURGLARY

Durham, CA – On August 12, 2020, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies responded to a burglary at the Durham Post Office. Deputies located evidence that approximately 100 post office boxes had been pried open, and large amounts of mail had been stolen. Detectives and Designated Area Deputies conducted an investigation, collected evidence, and eventually identified Carolyn Hill, age 44, of Chico as a suspect.
During the investigation detectives and deputies located a victim who believed their business bank account information had been stolen during the burglary. Detectives located evidence that Hill manufactured forged checks using the business’s bank account information. Detectives located additional evidence that Hill used the manufactured forged checks to steal a significant amount of money from the business.
On January 4, detectives contacted Hill about this investigation. During the contact detectives located evidence indicating Hill was the individual responsible for the Durham Post Office burglary. Detectives also located evidence indicating Hill was responsible for stealing money from the aforementioned business.
On January 4, Hill was booked into the Butte County Jail for felony counts of burglary, forgery, identity theft, grand theft, and passing fraudulent checks. Hill is scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on January 6, at 3 PM. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about this investigation to contact detectives at 530-538-7671.
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Tuesday, January 05, 2021 /Number of views (84) /Categories: Press Release
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OROVILLE RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR CRIMINAL THREATS AND PARTICIPATING IN A CRIMINAL STREET GANG

December 31, 2020

OROVILLE RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR CRIMINAL THREATS AND PARTICIPATING IN A CRIMINAL STREET GANG

Oroville, CA – On the evening of December 28, 2020 deputies and detectives were contacted by multiple victims who reported Nelson Thao, age 24, of Oroville had made criminal threats toward the victims’ family members. Detectives spoke with the victims and reviewed evidence related to the threats. After reviewing the evidence, deputies and members of the Oroville Police Department took immediate action to ensure the victims’ family members were safe. Detectives also obtained an arrest warrant for Thao.
On the afternoon of December 29, detectives located Thao in the Oroville area and placed him under arrest. During the investigation, detectives determined Thao had been residing at a residence located in the 300 block of Canyon Highlands Drive, Oroville. After Thao was arrested, detectives obtained a search warrant for the aforementioned residence. On the afternoon of December 29, detectives, Designated Area Deputies, and members of the Oroville Police Department served the search warrant.
During the service of the search warrant detectives located a stolen handgun and ammunition. During the subsequent investigation, detectives located additional evidence that Thao threatened to use gang violence against the victims and their family members.
On December 29, Thao was booked into the Butte County Jail for felony counts of criminal threats, being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession of stolen property, and for participating in a criminal street gang. Thao is scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on January 4 at 3 PM. Thao’s bail was set at $750,000.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about this investigation to contact detectives at 530-538-7671.
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Thursday, December 31, 2020 /Number of views (103) /Categories: Press Release
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