Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Jerry W. SmithThe 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.

Arson in Oroville

On June 27, 2015, at approximately 0140 hours, Deputies responded to the 2600 block of D Street in Oroville to investigate a vandalism after a reporting party reported a person broke a window and threatened to burn the reporting party’s house down.

Upon arrival, Deputies detained 29 year old Orrin Colbourn.  A large fire was discovered in the backyard of a residence. El Medio Fire responded to put out the fire. Upon further investigation, Deputies found there was probable cause to support that Colbourn had committed Vandalism, Arson and a Violation of Probation.  Colbourn was booked into Butte County Jail with a bail of $250,000. 

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office and El Medio Fire are still investigating the circumstances of the Arson and urges anyone who might have information regarding Arson to contact Butte County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 538-7321 or 891-2711.


Saturday, June 27, 2015 /Number of views (5) /Categories: Press Release

Cal Fire Burglary

June 19, 2015
Deputies Respond to Burglary at Cal Fire Station #25

Oroville, CA- On June 18, 2015 at 8:30 AM, Butte County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Cal Fire Station #25 located on Durham Pentz Rd near Butte College for a reported burglary to the Fire Station. During the course of the investigation it was discovered that the suspect removed approximately $4000.00 worth of equipment and supplies from the Fire Station. Surveillance at the Fire Station captured the suspect’s image and he was identified by deputies as Freidrich "Fred" Muniaerts, age 44 years from Yankee Hill, CA. Deputies and Cal Fire Prevention Officers responded to Muniaerts residence and located items from the burglary as well as other items stolen from the previous burglary in May, 2015. Items stolen from other areas in Butte County were recovered and arrangements made to return the property to their rightful owner.
Muniaerts has not been located. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office is asking for anyone who has information about his whereabouts, please contact the Butte County Sheriff’s Office immediately at 530-538-7322. Attached is a photograph of Muniaerts, however, his hair may be shorter now than in the photograph.
Friday, June 19, 2015 /Number of views (21) /Categories: Press Release

Vehicle Pursuit in Oroville

On 6/11/15 at about 6:17 PM, Deputy Brown was on routine patrol in the area of Monte Vista Ave and Farley in Oroville when he saw Aaron Quinn driving a red Dodge extended cab truck. Deputy Brown recognized Quinn from previous contacts and knew that Quinn had a parole warrant so Deputy Brown initiated a traffic stop. Upon the activation of the patrol car’s emergency lights Quinn accelerated northbound on Farley until entering Stump Field. Deputy Brown pursued Quinn into Stump Field until it became impractical to continue the pursuit so he terminated it.
Deputy Schwyzer drove to the area of Ithaca and Burlington where a gate that accessed Stump Field was locked. Deputy Schwyzer saw Quinn at the gate trying to back up the Dodge truck but the tires were spinning. Quinn recognizing his predicament then exited the truck and started to run westbound but upon seeing Deputy Schwyzer he laid down on the ground and gave up. Deputy Schwyzer was able to take Quinn into custody without incident. When Quinn exited the Dodge truck it rolled forward into the locked gate causing damage to the gate and the truck. The pursuit lasted 4 minutes from beginning to end and covered about 1 miles distance.
A search of Quinn resulted in deputies finding a glass pipe commonly used for smoking methamphetamines. Inside the truck deputies found a needle. The vehicle was towed from the scene.
Quinn was transported to the Butte County Jail on the no bail parole warrant along with a fresh charge of Vehicle Evading.
Friday, June 12, 2015 /Number of views (31) /Categories: Press Release

Butte County Sheriff's Office is Hiring

Oroville, Ca— The Butte County Sheriff’s Office has launched an ambitious hiring campaign and is looking for dedicated individuals who are interested in helping their community. BCSO is looking to fill approximately 14 open positions. Applications for Deputy Sheriff are continuously being accepted.

Applications are also being accepted for Deputy Sheriff Trainee, a position which includes a sponsorship through the Butte College Law Enforcement Academy. Applications for Deputy Sheriff Trainee will be accepted through June 30th, 2015.

For job applications, descriptions and minimum qualifications, please visit the BCSO website at, then click on the “We’re Hiring” link.

Sheriff Honea will be available to answer questions about the hiring campaign on Friday June 5th, at 11:30am at the Main Sheriff’s Office located at 33 County Center Drive, Oroville.

In an effort to show the community what a typical shift at BCSO is like, a tweet along will take place on Friday June 5th from 3pm-8pm. BCSO Media Liaison Miranda Bowersox will ride along with a deputy and live tweet the calls they respond to, and will be available to answer questions. Log into twitter and follow @buttesheriff #bcsovirtualride on Friday from 3pm-8pm!


For more information, please contact

BCSO Media Liaison Miranda Bowersox

530.538.5384, 530.990.6949

Tuesday, June 09, 2015 /Number of views (29) /Categories: Press Release

Home Invasion Robbery

Oroville, CA – On 5/20/15 at approximately 2239 hours Butte County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a robbery call at a residence on Lower Wyandotte Road in Oroville. The three victims of the residence were robbed by four Suspects. Two of the suspects were armed with semi-automatic handguns. The suspects stole 11 pounds of marijuana then fled the scene in a silver Infinity SUV. Butte County dispatch immediately notified neighboring agencies of vehicle and suspects descriptions.

On 5/20/15 at about 2324 hours, Butte County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office reporting their deputies had a silver Infiniti SUV stopped on McGowan Parkway in Olivehurst CA,. The Infiniti was occupied by four male adults matching the suspect’s descriptions.   Yuba County Deputies photographed the vehicle and suspects and forwarded the photos to Butte County Deputies after which the victims were able to positively identify the vehicle and suspects. Two semi-automatic handguns and the stolen marijuana were recovered from the suspect’s vehicle. The suspects were arrested by Yuba County Sheriff’s Deputies and turned over to Butte County Sheriff’s Detectives and booked into Butte County Jail.

The suspects are identified as: Sean Connery Anderson Jr. DOB 1/20/88 from Vallejo CA. Jamie Laray Wallace Jr. DOB 9/9/87 from Oakland CA. Jamon Lamar Blincoe DOB 9/20/94 from Oakland CA. Dashun Darnell McMurry DOB 8/25/92 from Tracy CA. All four were booked on charges of robbery, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana for sale. The bail amount for all four is set at $95000.00.

For more information, please contact

BCSO Media Liaison Miranda Bowersox

(530) 538-5384
Friday, May 22, 2015 /Number of views (141) /Categories: Press Release
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