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.

BCSO INVESTIGATING BURGLARY AT PALERMO FIRE STATION

Oroville, Ca—On October 1st, at 1:30 am, Butte County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a burglary that had occurred at the Cal Fire/Butte County Fire Station located at 2290 Palermo Rd. in Palermo. An unidentified suspect, who apparently believed the fire crew was gone, gained entry to the station. The suspect was confronted by a firefighter in the kitchen. The suspect fled on foot, north bound on Hewitt. No injuries were reported.

The suspect is described at a white male in his early 20’s, 5’10” to 6 foot and approximately 185 lbs. The suspect was armed with a club at the time of the incident.

This is an ongoing investigation; anyone with information can call 538-7671.

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For more information, please contact

BCSO Media Liaison Miranda Bowersox

530.538.5384, 530.990.6949

Mmcafee-bowersox@buttecounty.net

 

Wednesday, October 01, 2014 /Number of views (1) /Categories: Press Release
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Possession of Child Pornography, Communicating with a Minor for Sexual-related Crimes

Possession of Child Pornography, Communicating with a Minor for Sexual-related Crimes

September 30, 2014

Released by:    Lieutenant Al Smith 530-538-7404

 

Oroville – On Monday, September 29, 2014, Butte County Sheriff’s Detectives arrested Javier Torres, age 40, of Oroville, at Las Plumas High School.  Torres was arrested for Possession of Child Pornography, Communicating with a Minor for Sexual Crimes, Arranging a Meeting with a Minor for Lewd Acts, and Disorderly Conduct: Looking in to a Private Area and Invading the Privacy of Persons Inside.  He was booked at the Butte County Jail and his bail was set at $36,000.

The arrest is the result of a criminal investigation which alleges that Torres had an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old female student at Las Plumas High School.  Torres met the victim through his job with the high school as a custodian/security guard and it is believed the relationship started approximately one and a half years ago.  Torres has been placed on administrative leave from his position at Las Plumas High School.  School officials have been briefed on the incident and are conducting an internal investigation.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance from the public regarding additional victims or information in this case.  Contact the Butte County Sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit at 538-7671 or Detective Miller at 538-7424.

This investigation is open and ongoing. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 /Number of views (24) /Categories: Press Release
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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 (76) /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 (144) /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 (156) /Categories: Press Release
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