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.

Butte County Inter-Agency Bomb Squad Responds to Suspicious Substances Found in Stolen Vehicle

Concow, CA- On Monday, December 4, 2017, at approximately 2:58 p.m., Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies were patrolling the area of Big Bend Road in Concow. Deputies noticed a vehicle at a nearby trailer park that was believed to be stolen. A check of the vehicle, a white Toyota Tacoma, confirmed it to be stolen out of Nevada City. The truck was parked in front of a trailer and inside the trailer, deputies located Paul Houk, age 36. Deputies then searched the truck and found a container with suspicious, unknown substances inside. Deputies were concerned that it was an improvised explosive device and requested assistance from the Butte County Inter-Agency Bomb Squad, as well as the CAL FIRE Hazmat Team.
Members of the Butte County Inter-Agency Bomb Squad retrieved the substances and further testing is required to determine exactly what the substances are. Houk was arrested for possession of stolen property, being a felon in possession of ammunition, and an additional charge was added at the Butte County Jail after Houk brought methamphetamine to the jail. A deer carcass was also located inside Houk’s trailer that was illegally poached, so additional charges of poaching and being a felon in possession of a firearm were added by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Houk has been booked into the Butte County Jail with bail set at $45,000.
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Wednesday, December 06, 2017 /Number of views (56) /Categories: Press Release
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Vehicle Theft, Burglary and Arson Arrest

Chico, CA- On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at approximately 2:00 a.m., Chico Police Department responded to a vehicle collision on the 500 block of Pomona Avenue in Chico. CPD arrived and located a female passed out behind the wheel of a Jeep that was towing an enclosed trailer. The Jeep had collided with a locked metal gate. The gate was severely damaged and the Jeep sustained some minor damage. The female was identified as 37-year-old Jennifer Britt. Upon further investigation, it was determined that Britt had stolen the vehicle from an address on the 1600 block of Dayton Road. Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies and CPD officers responded to this residence and determined that a shop behind the residence on Dayton Road was on fire and several areas of the property had been ransacked. Through the investigation, it was determined that Britt had entered the shop, lit some property on fire inside the shop and stole items including the Jeep, the trailer, and medication.
Britt was subsequently interviewed and arrested for two counts of vehicle theft, two counts of possession of stolen vehicles, possession of stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of prescription medication without a prescription, burglary and arson. Britt is being held at the Butte County Jail with a total bail of $82,000.00. The vehicle and trailer were recovered and released back to the owner.
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Tuesday, December 05, 2017 /Number of views (56) /Categories: Press Release
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Teenagers Rescued Near Butte Meadows

Butte Meadows, CA- On Sunday, December 3, 2017, at approximately 10:45 p.m., the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a call from a woman stating her 18-year-old son left their Magalia home to go search for a Christmas tree in Butte Meadows and had not returned home. The woman stated she last had contact with her son at approximately 1:30 p.m. The teenager was driving his Suzuki Samurai, along with a friend, and his dog. Ten volunteers with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team were deployed to the Butte Meadows area.

On Monday, December 4, 2017, at approximately 3:06 a.m., BCSO Sergeant Jack Storne located the vehicle, which had broken down, near Humbug Summit Road, just miles from the Plumas County line. The teenager stated his vehicle broke down 12 hours earlier, and he had not seen a single vehicle until Sergeant Storne located him. There were no injuries to the teenagers, or to the dog. The temperature outside was approximately 19 degrees at the time. The teenager was not prepared for an emergency, such as his vehicle breaking down. He was also approximately 15 miles from where he had stated he would be going to find the Christmas tree. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office would like to offer some safety tips for traveling as we head into the cold, winter months:

-Always let someone know where you are going and when to expect you back.
-Be prepared to spend the night in a non-running vehicle.
-If you break down, do not leave your vehicle. Vehicles provide shelter and are much easier to find.
-Bring two days of water/food/medication.
-Bring bright clothing, blankets, and jackets.
-Bring a small candle (if you burn a candle leave a window slightly open) and flashlight.
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Monday, December 04, 2017 /Number of views (53) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff's Office Detectives Identify Suspect in Magalia Stabbing

December 1, 2017
BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DETECTIVES IDENTIFY SUSPECT IN MAGALIA STABBING
Magalia, Ca—At approximately 9:00 AM on November 30, 2017, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a report of a man who had been assaulted with a bat and stabbed in the hand during a dispute at a private residence in the 6500 block of Allentown Road in Magalia.
BCSO deputies and detectives responded to the location; however, they were unable to locate the suspect who has been identified as Don Craig Mokler Jr., age 33, of Magalia. Detectives are actively searching for Mokler. Anyone with information regarding Mokler, or his whereabouts, is asked to call BCSO at 538-7322.

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For more information please contact
BCSO Community Relations Unit
530.871.9440
Friday, December 01, 2017 /Number of views (68) /Categories: Press Release
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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE DEPUTIES ARREST FOUR IN FRUADULENT CHECK SCHEME

November 16, 2017
BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DEPUTIES ARREST FOUR IN FRAUDULENT CHECK SCHEME
Oroville, Ca-- On the 4th of November, 2017 Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies took a report of a commercial burglary at Custom Tile on Lincoln Blvd in Oroville. Employees of Custom Tile arrived at work to find the front glass door to the business had been shattered. There were numerous blank payroll checks taken during the burglary, and no suspect information at the time of this initial report.
On the 8th of November, 2017 Deputies responded to the Gold Country Casino after they learned someone was inside the casino attempting to cash a fraudulent check. Through their investigation, Deputies identified Joe Charles Grivette as the person who attempted to pass the fraudulent check. On the 9th of November, 2017 Deputies responded to Grivette’s residence where he was arrested for 470 California Penal Code (Forgery), 11364(a) California Health and Safety Code (Possession of Drug Paraphernalia), and a violation of his probation.
While talking to Grivette, Deputies learned he was approached on Olive Hwy, near Gold Country Casino and asked to cash a check, of which he would be able to keep $100. Deputies reviewed surveillance video from the casino and witnessed Grivette with two other subjects in the parking lot in a white in color Toyota Corolla. The two subjects associated to the vehicle were described as both white male adults, one in his late 50’s, the other in his early 30’s. The 50 year-old male was described as having long gray hair with a gray goatee. The white male in his 30’s had on a brown hat, brown hair and a goatee.
On the 10th of November, Deputies learned there were multiple checks cashed at the Gold Country Casino. These checks were the same checks that were taken from the burglary at Custom Tile in Oroville. One of the suspects who cashed the checks was identified as Mathew Jacob MacDonald.
On the 14th of November, 2017 Deputies arrested Mathew Jacob McDonald for 470(a) California Penal Code (Forgery), 496(a) California Penal Code (Possession of Stolen Property), 488 California Penal Code (Petty Theft), 11364(a) California Health and Safety Code (Possession of Drug Paraphernalia), 11350(a) California Health and Safety Code (Possession of a Controlled Substance), 11357(a) California Health and Safety (Possession of Methamphetamines).
On the 15th of November, while on another traffic stop, Deputies observed the white Toyota Corolla seen at Gold Country Casino eastbound on Montgomery near Feather River Blvd. Shortly thereafter, Deputies initiated a traffic enforcement stop on the vehicle on Montgomery. The occupants of the vehicle were identified as Philip Monroe Pedro III, and Jay R. Thompson. Both Phillip Pedro and Jay Thompson were positively identified as the suspects who wrote the fraudulent checks, and solicited people to cash them at the casino.
Philip Monroe Pedro III was arrested for 530.5 California Penal Code (Unauthorized Use of Personal Identifying Information to Obtain Goods), 182(a)(1) California Penal Code (Conspiracy), 11364(a) California Health and Safety Code (Possession of Drug Paraphernalia), and 470(a) California Penal Code (Forgery).
Jay R. Thompson was arrested for 530.5 California Penal Code (Unauthorized Use of Personal Identifying Information to Obtain Goods), 182(a)(1) California Penal Code (Conspiracy), and 470(a) California Penal Code (Forgery).
BCSO is still pursuing leads in this case, and has identified four more suspects that need to be contacted. If anyone in the public has information regarding this case, or the suspects listed above, they are encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 538-7321.
Friday, November 17, 2017 /Number of views (145) /Categories: Press Release
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