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.

Butte County Sheriff’s Deputies Pursue Stolen Car

Oroville, CA - On 9/22/14, about 11:50 PM, Butte County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center broadcast via radio transmission a “Be On the Look Out” (BOLO) for a 1997 primer gray Honda Civic stolen out of the jurisdiction of the Gridley Police Department. The BOLO was broadcast within 10 minutes of the car being taken. There was no suspect information provided at the time of the BOLO.

About 4:19 AM Butte County Sheriff’s Deputies were enroute to an unrelated call when they saw a car matching the one described in the BOLO given earlier. When the deputies turned around to confirm the car’s status, it accelerated away from them at a high speed. The car was initially seen north bound Olive Highway approaching Orodam Boulevard in Oroville, CA. The Gray Honda bore the same license plate that was given in the BOLO. The driver of the Honda led Deputies on a pursuit for about two and a half miles with speeds reaching 75 MPH. The pursuit concluded about one tenth of a mile east of the intersection of Glen Avenue and Orodam Boulevard when it lost control, careened off the steep embankment on the south side of the road and came to rest on the yellow line in the center of Orodam East Boulevard. The Honda was smoking from under the hood. The deputies ordered the driver and passenger out of the car at gunpoint as the amount of smoke increased. The driver and passenger, both males, were quickly detained in handcuffs and led away from the Honda as it burst into flames.

The resulting investigation that the passenger was not involved in the theft of the car, nor had knowledge the car was stolen and was released at the scene. The driver was arrested and charged with felony evading a peace officer and possession of a stolen vehicle. We were unable to positively identify him at the scene at the end of the pursuit and was subsequently booked into the Butte County Jail without incident as “John Doe”.  Further investigation will determine the driver’s identity. There were no injuries to any party and the only damage done was to the stolen car.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 /Number of views (68) /Categories: Press Release
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** UPDATE** BCSO CONTINUES TO INVESTIGATE BURNED BODY AS A HOMICIDE

Oroville, Ca—Butte County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Unit is still treating the case involving a burned body found in a vehicle fire near Mountain House as suspicious. At this time, BCSO is investigating this case as a homicide.

Based on preliminary findings, the body has been identified as that of Chico/Oroville resident, Marc Anthony Cyril Thompson, age 25.  DNA has been submitted for analysis, but it could take several weeks to receive confirmation.

The vehicle has been identified as a late 90’s model Ford Taurus Sedan, tan or gold in color. This case remains under investigation; we will provide more information when possible.   Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Matt Calkins at 530-538-7671.

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For more information, please contact

BCSO Media Liaison Miranda Bowersox

(530)538-5384, (530) 990-6949

 

BCSO INVESTIGATING BURNED BODY FOUND IN VEHICLE FIRE

Oroville, Ca—On September 3rd, 2014 at 7:12 pm Butte County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a car on fire on Oroville-Quincy Highway, two miles east of Mountain House. The call was transferred to Cal Fire. Upon arrival, fire units reported a fatality within the burned vehicle. BCSO deputies and detectives responded to the scene and are conducting an investigation into this suspicious death. The deceased has not been identified at this time. The investigation is ongoing and we are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to call the Butte County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 538-7671.

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For more information, please contact

BCSO Media Liaison Miranda Bowersox

(530)538-5384, (530) 990-6949

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 /Number of views (138) /Categories: Press Release

BCSO INVESTIGATING BURNED BODY FOUND IN VEHICLE FIRE

Oroville, Ca—On September 3rd, 2014 at 7:12 pm Butte County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a car on fire on Oroville-Quincy Highway, two miles east of Mountain House.  The call was transferred to Cal Fire. Upon arrival, fire units reported a fatality within the burned vehicle. BCSO deputies and detectives responded to the scene and are conducting an investigation into this suspicious death.  The deceased has not been identified at this time.  The investigation is ongoing and we are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to call the Butte County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 538-7671.    

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BCSO Media Liaison Miranda Bowersox

(530)538-5384, (530) 990-6949

Mmcafee-bowersox@buttecounty.net

                                                                               

Thursday, September 04, 2014 /Number of views (150) /Categories: Press Release

BCSO LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION INTO INCIDENT INVOLVING ASSAULT ON A PEACE OFFICER

Oroville, Ca—On August 26th at approximately 10:55 am BCSO Deputy Sam Burnett witnessed Terry Collins, who had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, pushing a blue recycling bin down A Street in Oroville. Deputy Burnett attempted to make contact with Collins at the Southside Mini Mart. Immediately upon contact, Collins became aggressive and refused to follow Deputy Burnett’s requests to turn around and put his hands behind his back. A physical altercation took place with Collins striking Deputy Burnett in the face and kicking the deputy in the lower body. Deputy Burnett returned fist blows and the altercation continued across the street. Deputy Burnett repeatedly ordered Collins to lay on the ground, but Collins continued the fight. At one point in the altercation, Deputy Burnett tried to use his baton but the baton slipped out of his hand and Collins attempted to pick it up. Deputy Burnett was able to retrieve his baton before Collins was able to grab it and hit Collins on the lower leg causing Collins to sit down in the street. However, Collins still refused Deputy Burnett’s orders for him to lay on the ground and Deputy Burnett directed a kick to Collin’s right shoulder, forcing him to lie on the ground and ended the confrontation. Deputy Burnett was then able to handcuff Collins without further incident.

During the altercation, BCSO Dispatch received calls from citizens advising that a deputy needed assistance. Two citizens witnessed the altercation and offered to assist. Collins was transported to Oroville Medical Center where he was treated for minor injuries to the left side of his face. Collins was then booked into the Butte County Jail for battery on a peace officer, resisting arrest, and resisting an executive officer, in addition to his prior outstanding misdemeanor warrant for aggravated trespass into a occupied residence. Deputy Burnett was also taken to the hospital and treated for facial lacerations and contusions, and a fractured wrist.

Soon after this incident, it was brought to the attention of BCSO administration that a citizen had taken a video of the altercation and had posted it on Facebook. The video only shows the end of the altercation and does not tell the whole story, although the unknown videographer does reference on the video that Collins was “f***ing that cop up” at the unrecorded beginning of the altercation.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office is making every effort to be transparent in this investigation and is sensitive to heightened concerns of the community with regard to incidents of this nature. BCSO has launched an internal investigation into this incident and has requested an independent investigation through the District Attorney’s Office. Deputy Burnett has been reassigned from patrol duties, pending the completion of the investigations and the healing of his injuries.

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For more information, please contact

BCSO Media Liaison, Miranda Bowersox

530.538.5384, 530.990.6949

mmcafee-bowersox@buttecounty.net

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 /Number of views (335) /Categories: Press Release

BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE WARNS PUBLIC OF TELEPHONE SCAM

Oroville, Ca—The Butte County Sheriff’s Office has received multiple reports of citizens receiving phone calls from someone identifying themselves as an employee of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, advising that a warrant is about to be issued in the citizen’s name unless a payment is made. This is a scam that has been perpetrated in numerous states and localities across the US. Due to the technology used by the scammers, the phone numbers are often times extremely difficult or impossible to track, however BCSO has been investigating the reports and has served search warrants related to this scam.

The scammers will call from what appears to be a local phone number and identify themselves as a local law enforcement officer or deputy. The scammers will use a sense of urgency and threat of imminent arrest, or warrant issuance to obtain money from the victims. The scammers tell the victim that if they do not want a warrant issued for their arrest, they need to pay a fine to clear the warrant. The scammers will then instruct the victim to obtain and place funds on a pre-paid debit card, in this case, commonly a “Green Dot” brand card. These pre-paid debit cards are available at many local retailers and are also used for legitimate purposes.

The scammers then instruct the victim to transfer the funds from the pre-paid card, into the scammers account, via phone. The scammers generally ask for several hundred, up to one to two thousand dollars. Over the past three months, dozens of Butte County residents have called to report the scam, but to this date we are only aware of one local case where there was an actual financial loss.

Several different versions have been seen in Butte County over the past few months. Those include:

You have (or will have) a warrant for your arrest due to:

o   Missed jury duty.

o   Unpaid traffic or other citation.

o   You owe money to the IRS /state / back taxes, etc.

 

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office will not call people for any of the aforementioned reasons.

The scammers will often have voicemails present on call-back that emulate the Sheriff’s Office. Scammers in other areas have used “spoofing” technology to make it appear they are calling from phone numbers actually associated with the Sheriff’s Office.

If you receive a phone call that you believe is a scam, please report it by calling our non-emergency number at 530-538-7322.

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For more information, please contact

BCSO Media Liaison, Miranda Bowersox

Mmcafee-bowersox@buttecounty.net

(530) 538-5384 or (530) 990-6949

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Friday, August 22, 2014 /Number of views (204) /Categories: Press Release
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