Butte County Sheriff's Office
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.

 

 

 

  

Press Releases that were issued during the Camp Fire incident are here

Law Enforcement Escorts to Begin into Evacuation Areas

September 21, 2020
Law Enforcement Escorts to Begin into Evacuation Areas
Oroville, CA- The Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) has created an online request form which will allow residents to request a law enforcement escort into the areas that remain under Evacuation Orders. However, due to limited resources and in order to mitigate the impact of increased vehicle traffic on rehabilitation and repopulation efforts, we are asking that escort requests be limited to urgent needs at this time.
The link for the online request is: https://forms.gle/QKrkdVwk78qR344t9
A link to the online request form is also being posted on the Butte County Sheriff’s Office website, Facebook and Twitter account. The BCSO website is located at: https://www.buttecounty.net/sheriffcoroner/
The fire information call center will also begin accepting telephone calls for escort requests on Tuesday September 22st at 9:00 AM. The call center will be open seven days a week, from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. The phone number for the call center, which also provides evacuation map assistance, is: (530) 552-3010.
Due to the anticipated high call volume, and a limited number of call takers, we are strongly urging anyone who has or can obtain internet access use the online request procedure. The online form will be date and time stamped when submitted, even if completed after hours. The form will be automatically forwarded to BCSO for review once you click the “submit” button at the end of the form. Calling in will not place the request at a higher priority than completing the online form. Duplicate entries or requests will not increase processing time and may result in delays. Received requests will be processed by law enforcement officers in the field, who will call the requestor to schedule the escort, after it is approved.
After making the request, the time it will take to receive a scheduling call from a law enforcement officer will vary based upon on several factors, including the accessibility and safety of the requested area, along with the number and type of requests received. Please be patient and do not contact dispatch or the call center to inquire about the status of your request, as they do not review, prioritize or approve the requests and will not be able to provide you with any further information.
Those requesting an escort into the areas that remain under Evacuation Orders will be required to sign a waiver and consent form before being permitted to enter the area. Requestors should bring photo ID and proof of residency or lawful possession of the property they wish to visit. A law enforcement officer will accompany the requestor into and out of the property located within the evacuation area.
Due to the anticipated high number of requests, site visits are limited to 15 minutes.
Minors under 18 will not be permitted in the evacuation area for any reason.
Please do not request to be escorted to a property to facilitate illegal activity, as enforcement action may be taken.
For general inquiries regarding the status or condition of properties in the fire affected area, including updated photos and videos, please see the high-resolution drone imagery and CAL FIRE damage asset map links found on the Butte County Sheriff’s Office website.
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Monday, September 21, 2020 /Number of views (0) /Categories: Press Release
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UPDATE: OROVILLE RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY OF FIRE VICTIM’S RESIDENCE

UPDATE 09-16-20
Detectives determined a credit card belonging to the victim was taken during the burglary. Detectives conducted follow-up and determined the stolen credit card had been used to purchase tools and construction supplies at the Oroville Home Depot on September 12. Detectives obtained video surveillance and determined Sunshine Galvez, age 46, of Oroville was the individual who used the stolen credit card at Home Depot. Detectives determined Galvez is an associate of Friedrich Muniaerts. On September 16, detectives obtained a felony arrest warrant for Galvez. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about this investigation or the location of Galvez to contact Detective Zachary Price at 530-538-7671.

September 14, 2020
OROVILLE RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY OF FIRE VICTIM’S RESIDENCE
Oroville, CA – On September 13, 2020, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies were patrolling the area of Cherokee Road, Oroville. The area deputies were patrolling is currently under an Evacuation Order because of the Bear Fire. Deputies contacted an individual who was later identified as Friedrich Muniaerts, age 49, of Oroville. Deputies determined Muniaerts had a no bail warrant for violating the terms and conditions of his California State Parole. Muniaerts was placed under arrest without incident. During the arrest deputies determined Muniaerts was in possession of stolen property.
Deputies and detectives conducted follow-up and determined Muniaerts resided at a residence located in the 1100 block of Cherokee Road. Detectives determined Muniaerts evacuated his residence around September 8, when the Bear Fire began. Detectives determined on September 10, Muniaerts snuck around a road block and illegally re-entered the evacuated Cherokee area.
Deputies and detectives determined the stolen property Muniaerts was in possession of was taken from a victim who lived in an evacuation zone. Deputies responded to the victim’s residence and determined a burglary had occurred sometime between September 9 and September 13.
On September 14, detectives conducted a search of Muniaerts’ residence and located additional stolen property that was taken during the burglary. Detectives also located ammunition. Muniaerts was placed under arrest for one felony count of residential burglary, one felony count of being a prohibited person in possession of ammunition, and one misdemeanor count of unlawful entry into an evacuation zone.
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Wednesday, September 16, 2020 /Number of views (33) /Categories: Press Release
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SIX INDIVIDUALS ARRESTED IN BEAR FIRE EVACUATION ZONE

September 15, 2020

SIX INDIVIDUALS ARRESTED IN BEAR FIRE EVACUATION ZONE
Oroville, CA – On September 14, 2020, an evacuated Bear Fire survivor was checking his home surveillance cameras from an offsite location. While viewing the surveillance camera footage, the resident observed an individual trespassing on his property. The resident immediately contacted law enforcement.
Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies responded to the area of Dancing Wind Drive, Forbestown and contacted six individuals in two vehicles. The six individuals were identified as Cristian Ayala, age 32, of Lincoln, Burt Floyd, age 50, of Lincoln, Guadalupe Garcia, age 42, of Lincoln, Guadalupe Garcia Jr., age 22, of Lincoln, William Peterson, age 61, of Berry Creek, and Anthony Gannett, age 61, of Berry Creek. Detectives conducted an investigation and determined Peterson had been trespassing on at least one evacuated property. Detectives determined Garcia, Garcia Jr., Peterson, and Gannett were associated with two properties located within the Berry Creek evacuation zone. Detectives located evidence showing the aforementioned Berry Creek properties were being used for illegal marijuana cultivation.
During the investigation detectives located evidence the six aforementioned individuals conspired to willfully and knowingly enter an evacuation area, after they had received notice to evacuate and/or leave the area. Detectives also located evidence Garcia, Garcia Jr., Peterson, and Gannett willfully and knowingly entered an evacuation zone for the purpose of tending to their illegal marijuana grows. During the investigation detectives located evidence indicating Peterson was involved in the illegal sales of marijuana. Based on the evidence located, detectives determined Garcia, Garcia Jr. Peterson, and Gannett were also conspiring to illegally cultivate and sell marijuana.
On the evening of September 14, Garcia, Garcia Jr., Peterson, and Gannett were booked into the Butte County Jail for one count of unlawful entry into an evacuation zone and one count of conspiracy. Gannett was also booked for an arrest warrant and for possession of methamphetamine. Ayala and Floyd were both booked for a one count unlawfully entry into an evacuation zone. Bail for Garcia, Garcia Jr., Peterson, and Gannett was set at $250,000. Bail for Ayala and Floyd was set at $3,000. All six individuals are scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on Thursday, September 17, at 3 PM. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about this investigation to contact Detective Vaj Thao or Detective Brian Mollath at 530-538-7671.

While patrolling the evacuation zones on September 14, deputies also arrested the following individuals:

Christina Lafayette, age 33, of Forbestown
On September 14, 2020, deputies were patrolling the evacuated area of Forbestown. Deputies saw Lafayette walking inside the evacuation zone. Deputies contacted Lafayette and located ammunition and drug paraphernalia in her possession. Lafayette was arrested for unlawful entry into an evacuation zone, possession of drug paraphernalia, and being a prohibited person in possession of ammunition.

Robert Tramonte, age 42, of Forbestown
On September 14, 2020, deputies were patrolling the evacuated area of Forbestown. Deputies saw Tramonte riding a bicycle inside the evacuation zone. Deputies contacted Tramonte and determined he had a warrant for his arrest. Tramonte was arrested for unlawful entry into an evacuation zone and the aforementioned arrest warrant.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020 /Number of views (31) /Categories: Press Release
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OROVILLE RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY OF FIRE VICTIM’S RESIDENCE

September 14, 2020
OROVILLE RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY OF FIRE VICTIM’S RESIDENCE
Oroville, CA – On September 13, 2020, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies were patrolling the area of Cherokee Road, Oroville. The area deputies were patrolling is currently under an Evacuation Order because of the Bear Fire. Deputies contacted an individual who was later identified as Friedrich Muniaerts, age 49, of Oroville. Deputies determined Muniaerts had a no bail warrant for violating the terms and conditions of his California State Parole. Muniaerts was placed under arrest without incident. During the arrest deputies determined Muniaerts was in possession of stolen property.
Deputies and detectives conducted follow-up and determined Muniaerts resided at a residence located in the 1100 block of Cherokee Road, Oroville. Detectives determined Muniaerts evacuated his residence around September 08, when the Bear Fire began. Detectives determined on September 10, Muniaerts snuck around a road block and illegally reentered the evacuated Cherokee area.
Deputies and detectives determined the stolen property Muniaerts was in possession of was taken from a victim who lived in an evacuation zone. Deputies responded to the victim’s residence and determined a burglary had occurred sometime between September 9 and September 13.
On September 14, detectives conducted a search of Muniaerts’ residence and located additional stolen property that was taken during the burglary. Detectives also located ammunition. Muniaerts was placed under arrest for one felony count of residential burglary, one felony count of being a prohibited person in possession ammunition, and one misdemeanor count of unlawful entry into an evacuation zone.
Muniaerts is scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on Wednesday, September 16, at 3PM. Based on the fact Muniaerts had a warrant for violating the terms and conditions of his parole, he is not eligible for bail until he attends future court proceedings.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about this investigation to contact Detective Zachary Price or Deputy Michael Worch at 530-538-7671.

Deputies and mutual aid law enforcement personnel have made multiple arrests while patrolling Bear Fire evacuations zones.

Michael Paul Davis Jr, age 40, of Sacramento
On September 13, 2020, deputies were patrolling the evacuated area of Lumpkin Road in Feather Falls. Deputies contacted Davis driving a water truck around the evacuated area. Deputies determined Davis was attempting to obtain water, so he could water his illegal marijuana grow. Davis was placed under arrest for an arrest warrant, and for unlawful entry into an evacuation zone. Deputies conducted follow-up at Davis’ residence and located a $100,000 stolen generator. The generator was stolen from United Rentals in 2018.

Jeffery Scott Metts, age 21, of Sacramento
On September 12, 2020, Oroville Police Officers and deputies were patrolling the evacuated area of Lumpkin Road in Feather Falls. Metts was contacted while operating a vehicle in the evacuated area. Deputies located approximately 30 recently harvested marijuana plants in Metts’ vehicle. Metts was arrested for transportation of marijuana, and unlawful entry into an evacuation zone.

Saeng Chao, age 58, of Oroville
On September 12, 2020, deputies were patrolling the evacuated area of Lumpkin Road in Feather Falls. Deputies contacted Chao walking in the area of Forbestown Road. During the contact with Chao deputies located a loaded firearm. Chao was arrested for unlawful entry into an evacuation zone and possession of a loaded concealed firearm.

Sean Patrick Casperson, age 28, of Cherokee
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 /Number of views (17) /Categories: Press Release
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FOUR OROVILLE RESIDENTS ARRESTED DURING BURGLARY INVESTIGATION

September 2, 2020
FOUR OROVILLE RESIDENTS ARRESTED DURING BURGLARY INVESTIGATION
Oroville, CA – On August 25, 2020, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies responded to a report of a residential burglary in Bangor. Deputies arrived and cleared the residence. While clearing the residence and property, deputies contacted Jeremiah Lee of Oroville, 38, and Heather Lee of Oroville, 36. Deputies conducted an investigation and arrested Jeremiah and Heather for the following charges: One felony count of burglary, one felony count of theft of utility services, and one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance. Jeremiah was also booked for a felony arrest warrant. The arrest warrant was issued after BCSO investigated a burglary in July of 2020.
Deputies and detectives conducted a follow-up investigation and determined large amounts of property had been stolen during the aforementioned Bangor burglary. On August 27, deputies and detectives served a search warrant at a residence located near the 100 block of Mission Olive Road, Oroville. During the service of the search warrant detectives contacted Gene Gleason of Oroville, 51, and Misty Adams of Oroville, 38.
During a search of the Mission Olive residence detectives located multiple items which had been stolen from the Bangor residence. Detectives also located a firearm, ammunition and methamphetamine. Gleason was placed under arrest for the following charges: One felony count of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm, one felony count of being a prohibited person in possession of ammunition, one felony count of removing/altering the serial number on a firearm, one felony count of possession of stolen property, and one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance. Adams was placed under arrest for one felony count of possession of stolen property.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about this investigation to contact Detective Tristan Harper at 530-538-7671.
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Wednesday, September 02, 2020 /Number of views (38) /Categories: Press Release
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