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 Wagon Wheel Market Burglary Suspect Arrested

May 11, 2017


Oroville, Ca--On 04-25-17, 05-04-17 and 05-09-17, during the early morning hours, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies responded to the Wagon Wheel Market located at 4607 Olive Highway in Oroville for alarm calls. Deputies determined that the store had been burglarized on all three occasions. During the ensuing investigation, and with help from the community, deputies identified a local 15 year old juvenile as the subject responsible for these burglaries. It was also determined that juvenile was on probation for a previous burglary.
On the evening of 05-10-17, deputies conducted a probation search at the suspect’s home. The 15 year old juvenile was arrested and booked at the Butte County Juvenile Hall for three counts of commercial burglary and a felony probation violation.
For more information, please contact
BCSO Community Relations Unit

Thursday, May 11, 2017 /Number of views (4191) /Categories: Press Release

Oroville Homicide Investigation

Oroville, CA- On Saturday, May 6, 2017, at approximately 5:00 p.m., deputies from the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) were dispatched to a home at 2265 Forbestown Road in Oroville on a report of a shooting. When deputies arrived, they located the victim, Justin Jagears, age 34 of Oroville, with a single gunshot wound to the head. Jagears was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. On Sunday, May 7, 2017, Jagears died from his injuries.

The homicide remains under investigation and at this time, no arrests have been made. Anyone with information should contact the BCSO Investigations Unit at (530) 538-7671.


Monday, May 08, 2017 /Number of views (3698) /Categories: Press Release

Stolen Property Recovered

Chico, CA- On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies served a search warrant at a home on Gaia Way, off Highway 99, just south of the Tehama County line. The resident of the home, Jason Coy, age 41, was arrested in Chico April 16, 2017, on charges of petty theft and possession of stolen property after being found with items stolen from a home in North Chico.

During the search of the home, deputies located numerous items of stolen property, including firearms, ammunition, chainsaws, power tool equipment, bicycles and generators. A butane honey oil lab was also discovered, along with a significant amount of methamphetamine. Deputies believe the stolen items are related to unsolved burglaries from North Chico and southern Tehama County.

Jason Coy was arrested on several charges, including the manufacturing of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of stolen property, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and being a felon in possession of ammunition. Coy’s girlfriend, Deven Smith, age 26, was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, and possession of stolen property. A third person at the home, Jose Ortiz Hernandez, age 24, was also arrested on a charge of possession of a stolen firearm.

Anyone living in North Chico or southern Tehama County who was the victim of a burglary and had construction equipment stolen is urged to contact Sgt. Brazzi at 538-7321.



Wednesday, April 19, 2017 /Number of views (3827) /Categories: Press Release

Stolen Property Arrest

Chico, CA- On Sunday, April 16, 2017, at about 2:30 PM, a resident in the area of Donald Dr. and Keefer Rd. in the Chico area observed a subject stealing a package that had just been delivered to his home. The victim called the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) and provided an excellent description of the vehicle and its direction of travel. Deputies responded to the area and located the vehicle driving southbound on Cohasset Rd. Deputies initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted its occupants, 41 year old Jason Patrick Coy of Chico, and 40 year old Thomas Eli Devlin of Chico. Devlin was determined to be on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) for prior convictions. A search was conducted of the vehicle and the contents of the stolen packages were located. Jason Coy was arrested for misdemeanor counts of petty theft and possession of stolen property and was booked at the Butte County Jail with a bail of $6,000. Thomas Devlin was also charged with petty theft and possession of stolen property, as well as a probation violation. Devlin is being held without bail.

The stolen property was recovered and returned to the victim.

During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the packaging for the stolen packages was dumped on the property of another residence on Keefer Rd. If you located empty cardboard “Amazon.com” packaging that does not belong to you on your property in the Keefer Rd area, please contact the Butte County Sheriff’s Office.


Monday, April 17, 2017 /Number of views (3901) /Categories: Press Release


Chico, CA- On Sunday, March 26, 2017, at about 10:50 am, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies were dispatched to Lone Pine Avenue near Chico River Road in Chico after a passerby noticed a body in Little Chico Creek. Deputies arrived and found a deceased male in the water. Butte County Search and Rescue crews were dispatched to the scene to retrieve the body and BCSO detectives were also dispatched to investigate. Through fingerprint analysis, the body has been identified as William Kohnke, age 33, of Chico. William was reported missing to the Chico Police Department in January 2017.

BCSO detectives, in conjunction with the Chico Police Department, are investigating this case as a homicide, due to evidence collected at the scene.

An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the exact cause of death and the investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made and anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Jim Beller at (530) 538-7671.

Monday, March 27, 2017 /Number of views (4597) /Categories: Press Release