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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 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 (8) /Categories: Press Release
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Human Remains Found in Bangor

Bangor, CA- On Friday, November 10, 2017, at approximately 2:30 p.m., a Bangor resident discovered human remains on a property near Upham Road in Bangor. Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) detectives responded to the area, and with assistance from Butte County Sheriff Search and Rescue volunteers, were able to recover all the remains. It appears the body had been there for several months. The remains are being sent to the Department of Justice, as well as the Chico State Department of Anthropology for further identification. Due to the advanced state of decomposition, the cause of death is undetermined at this time.
Due to the condition and location of the remains, the circumstances around this death are being considered suspicious. Anyone with information is asked to contact BCSO Detective Will Brewton at 538-7671
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Monday, November 13, 2017 /Number of views (34) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff's Office Hosts Public Safety Trunk or Treat event in Oroville

October 27, 2017
BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE HOSTS PUBLIC SAFETY TRUNK OR TREAT EVENT IN OROVILLE
Oroville, CA—In an effort to provide a fun and safe Halloween event for children and families, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) is hosting the first BCSO Trunk or Treat event this Halloween.
The Trunk or Treat event will be held on October 31st, from 4:30PM-6:30PM at the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, located at 3 Gillick Way in Oroville.
Public Safety vehicles from multiple agencies will be on display and decorated for Halloween. Halloween games and activities will be available, and public safety personnel are looking forward to greeting trunk or treaters. Children and families are encouraged to attend.
Please celebrate safely this Halloween, BCSO would like to offer a few safety reminders:
• Halloween costumes should be safe and fit appropriately. Make sure costumes do not create tripping hazards or block your vision.
• Children should always Trick-or-Treat with an adult. Remember there is safety in numbers.
• Wear glow sticks and use flashlights to be seen in the dark.
• Only Trick-or-Treat at homes with porch lights on.
• Candy Check! Have an adult check for unwrapped candy or wrappers that have been opened. Throw any unwrapped or partially wrapped candy away.
For more information, please contact
BCSO Community Relations Unit
530.871.9440
Friday, October 27, 2017 /Number of views (123) /Categories: Press Release
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Oroville Homicide Investigation

Oroville, CA- On Saturday, October 21, 2017, at approximately 10:30 a.m., the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a report of a deceased male inside a home on the 2900 block of Greenville Street in Oroville. When deputies arrived to the home, they found a deceased male inside the home, who had suffered a gunshot wound to the head. The death has been ruled a homicide. The victim has been identified as Lorenzo Paz II, age 21, of Oroville.
No arrests have been made. The investigation is ongoing. To protect the integrity of the investigation, additional details are not being released at this time. The autopsy is scheduled for this week. Anyone with information is asked to contact BCSO Detective Beller at (530) 538-7671.
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Monday, October 23, 2017 /Number of views (110) /Categories: Press Release
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Update: Butte County Sheriff's Office Detectives Rule Suspicious Death A Homicide

October 6, 2017
UPDATE: BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DETECTIVES RULE SUSPICIOUS DEATH A HOMICIDE
Oroville, Ca—Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Detectives have continued investigating the suspicious death in the area of Crystal Pines Road, in Oroville.
Circumstances surrounding the incident remain under investigation, and limited information is available at this time. The incident is now being investigated as a homicide. Detectives have identified the decedent as John Prater, age 35, of Oroville.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the BCSO Investigations Unit at 530.538.7671.
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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE SUSPICIOUS DEATH
Oroville, Ca— At approximately 9:00 AM on October 5, 2017, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a call from a citizen reporting suspicious circumstances in the area of Crystal Pines Road in Oroville.
Deputies arrived on scene and located a deceased male. Due to the suspicious nature of the death, BCSO detectives have launched an investigation into the incident.
The investigation is in the very early stages, and limited information is available at this time. More information will be released as it becomes available.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the BCSO Investigations Unit at 530.538.7671.
Contact:
BCSO Community Relations Unit
530.871.9440
Friday, October 06, 2017 /Number of views (203) /Categories: Press Release
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