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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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Residential Burglary Arrests

March 13, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Residential Burglary Arrests
Oroville, CA – Today the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) announced the arrests of Luke Anderson, of Magalia, age 30 and Sadie Downs of Magalia, age 22. On December 23, 2019, deputies responded to a report of a residential burglary in the area of Carnegie Road, Magalia. Multiple tools were taken from the residence. Over the past two months, deputies and detectives located physical evidence related to this case. During the investigation, deputies also located stolen property at a residence in Magalia where Anderson and Downs resided.
On March 12, 2020, detectives interviewed Anderson and Downs at the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. Anderson and Downs were in custody at the Butte County Jail for charges not related to this investigation. During the interview Downs admitted to driving Anderson to the residence where the burglary occurred, so Anderson could commit the burglary. Downs also admitted to being in possession of a stolen generator from the burglary.
After the interviews were completed, Anderson and Downs were both placed under arrest for one felony count of residential burglary, and one felony count of possessing stolen property. The Sheriff’s Office is still investigating this case and additional arrests are anticipated.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about this investigation to contact Detective Vaj Thao at 530-538-7671.
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Friday, March 13, 2020 /Number of views (110) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest of Oroville Resident for Illegal Sexual Contact with a Minor

March 13, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest of Oroville Resident for Illegal Sexual Contact with a Minor
Oroville, CA – Today the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) announced the arrest of Timothy Gordon of Oroville, age 54. The arrest was the culmination of an investigation that began in April of 2019. Over the past ten months BCSO detectives conducted follow-up on this investigation. During the investigation Gordon was interviewed and denied the sexual abuse allegations. In February of 2020, BCSO detectives obtained DNA results related to this investigation from the California Department of Justice.
After obtaining the DNA evidence results, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Gordon. On February 28, Gordon was contacted in Oroville by detectives and placed under arrest. Gordon was interviewed a second time and confronted with the DNA evidence. During the second interview, Gordon admitted to sexually abusing the minor victim. Gordon was subsequently booked into the Butte County Jail for two felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a victim under 14, and one felony count of oral copulation with a victim under 14. Gordons’ bail was set at $200,000.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about this investigation or with information about Gordon to contact Detective Brian Parsons at 530-538-7671.
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Friday, March 13, 2020 /Number of views (149) /Categories: Press Release
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BCSO School Resource Deputies Conduct K9 Search for Contraband

March 12, 2020
BCSO School Resource Deputies Conduct K9 Search for Contraband
On 03/11/2020, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) School Resource Deputy (SRD) team, with the assistance of department drug detection K9 “Chico,” conducted K9 searches at Gridley, Biggs, Esperanza, and Durham High Schools. The searches were targeted specifically towards the possession of illegal drugs and tobacco on the school campuses.
The SRDs have conducted similar searches this school year in the Oroville area. At each school three classrooms were randomly selected by the school administrators. The students were informed of the purpose of the search and given the opportunity to volunteer any contraband in their possession. The students were then asked to leave the room so Chico could conduct his search.
Chico sniffed the “free air” around the students’ backpacks and chairs. A school administrator was present for each of the “free air” searches. When Chico alerted on a backpack, the owner of the backpack was identified and asked to step into the room, away from the other students. The backpack was searched for contraband, and the student was asked to turn out their pockets.
The SRD team is very pleased to report that no illegal drugs were located during the searches. It should be noted that two vaping devices were located, as were three pocket knives. One student was arrested for assaulting school faculty during one of the searches.
The Sheriff’s Office would like to encourage parents to discuss the potential health dangers of illegal drug and tobacco use, as well as the potential issues that arise with the possession of prohibited substances at school.
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Thursday, March 12, 2020 /Number of views (92) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Identifies Body Found in Oroville Forebay

March 11, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Identifies Body Found in Oroville Forebay
Oroville, CA – On March 8, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) assisted California State Parks law enforcement with a body recovery at the Oroville Forebay, Oroville. State Parks law enforcement and deputies located a male decedent who appeared to have been in the water for an extended period of time. State Parks law enforcement and BCSO detectives immediately began conducting a death investigation. During the death investigation BCSO located what appeared to be automotive glass on the decedent’s person.
Based on the aforementioned information, detectives were concerned the decedent was possibly involved in some type of automotive collision prior to his death. BCSO and State Parks law enforcement immediately began searching the Oroville Forebay and surrounding waterways for evidence of a vehicle collision. The area was searched multiple times by boat, helicopter and vehicle.
On March 10, California State Parks law enforcement located tire tracks and a bent fence. Law enforcement personnel were concerned a vehicle could have possibly driven through the fence and landed in a canal east of the Oroville Forebay. BCSO used a boat with sonar, searched the aforementioned area, and located an unoccupied vehicle at the bottom of the canal. BCSO and State Parks law enforcement immediately began formulating a plan to recover the vehicle. On March 11, BCSO, State Parks law enforcement, and CHP recovered the vehicle.
After the vehicle was recovered, BCSO conducted follow-up and determined Robert Martin of Oroville, age 63 was the individual last known to be in possession of the vehicle. BCSO obtained a DNA sample from a relative of Robert Martin and were able to positively identify the decedent as Robert Martin. According to family members, Martin has been missing since Super Bowl Sunday, at which time Martin was driving from Chico to Oroville. CHP is conducting the investigation to determine the circumstances that caused Martin’s vehicle to leave the roadway and crash into the Forebay.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2020 /Number of views (213) /Categories: Press Release
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BCSO Makes Arrest in Murder Case

March 6, 2020
BCSO Makes Arrest in Murder Case
Chico, CA-On 3/5/2020 at 5:00 PM the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a 9-1-1 call from a resident of a home located in the 4300 block of Keefer Road in Butte County. The caller told BCSO dispatchers that upon returning home from work he discovered his roommate, Susan Robb (age 68), dead inside of the home. The caller advised that Robb appeared to have suffered a traumatic head wound and that her vehicle was missing from the residence. BCSO deputies were immediately dispatched to the location.
While deputies were responding to the residence on Keefer Road, BCSO received a call from the resident of a home on Felicidad Lane, which is in close proximity to the residence on Keefer Road. The second caller advised that a vehicle was parked in front of the residence on Felicidad, which seemed suspicious. BCSO dispatchers ran a check on the license plate and found that it was registered to a subject named Aaron Connors (age 45). Based upon information received from the original caller from Keefer Road, the dispatcher realized that Connors was Robb’s son, who had been estranged from his mother for a period of time.
Given the suspicious nature of Connors’ vehicle being found near the scene on Keefer Road, detectives began looking for Connors. Detectives received information which led them to believe Connors was at the Gold Country Casino in Oroville. BCSO deputies responded to the Gold Country Casino and located Robb’s vehicle in the parking lot. With the assistance of Gold Country Casino staff, Connors was placed under surveillance while inside the casino. A team of BCSO deputies waited near Robb’s car and when Connors came out of the casino he was detained. During the subsequent investigation, BCSO detectives gathered evidence and information that gave them probable cause to believe Connors was responsible for Robb’s death.
Connors was arrested and booked into the Butte County Jail on an open count of murder. He is due to be arraigned on March 9, 2020. The investigation continues. If anyone has information about this case, they are encouraged to call BCSO detectives at 530-538-7671.
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Friday, March 06, 2020 /Number of views (111) /Categories: Press Release
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