Chico, CA- On July 10, 2015 at approximately 1:00 AM, Butte County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Freidrich "Fred" Muniaerts, age 44, at the America’s Best Value Inn located at 740 Broadway St, Chico. Muniaerts had been eluding law enforcement since he was identified as a suspect in the burglary to Fire Station #25 near Butte College on June 18, 2015. Muniaerts was arrested in his motel room and then transported to the Butte County Jail. While deputies were in the motel room, approximately 73 grams of methamphetamine was discovered. Muniaerts was charged with one count of residential burglary, one count of second degree commercial burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance for sale, violation of Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS), and possession of a baton. Muniaerts is being held without bail.
Original media release:
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.