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.

 

 

 

  

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Butte County Resident Arrested for Sending Sexually Explicit Text Messages and Photos to Undercover Sheriff’s Deputy Using the Persona of a Minor

April 14, 2020
Butte County Resident Arrested for Sending Sexually Explicit Text Messages and Photos to Undercover Sheriff’s Deputy Using the Persona of a Minor
Oroville, CA – On February 24, 2020, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) was contacted by a subject alleging he had evidence to prove that Michael Zuccolillo, 41, of Paradise, had been sending sexually explicit text messages and photographs of his genitals to a person Zuccolillo believed to be a 16-year-old female visiting the Sacramento, CA area from China. The subject said the texts and photos were sent during an ongoing conversation that included discussion of Zuccolillo traveling to Sacramento to have sex with the purported 16-year-old and her adult sister. The subject told sheriff’s detectives he obtained the evidence by targeting Zuccolillo in what is best described as a self-initiated “to catch a predator” style operation. The subject informed detectives he took on the persona of a 16-year-old female and targeted Zuccolillo due to animosity he had for Zuccolillo resulting from a bad business deal.
Detectives were leery of the information provided by the subject, and questioned the veracity of the evidence provided by the subject, given the subject’s motivation for targeting Zuccolillo. However, given the seriousness of the allegations detectives did not believe they could dismiss or ignore the allegations without conducting an independent investigation. Detectives took the information from the subject and told him to cease all contact with Zuccolillo. Detectives then initiated an independent investigation into the allegations.
During the course of that investigation, detectives consulted the Butte County District Attorney’s Office and Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). Cellular telephone records for both Zuccolillo and the subject making the allegations were obtained through search warrants. The records provided preliminary confirmation of the allegations. An undercover law enforcement officer, using the previously established persona of the 16-year-old female from China began exchanging text messages with Zuccolillo. During those exchanges, Zuccolillo sent sexually explicit text messages and additional photos of his genitals to the undercover officer.
Additional search warrants were obtained for Zuccolillo’s home, vehicles and electronic devices. The case was submitted to the Butte County District Attorney’s Office for review.
After reviewing the evidence obtained during the independent investigation, the District Attorney’s Office filed a criminal complaint against Zuccolillo charging Zuccolillo with Arranging a Meeting with a Minor for the Purpose of Engaging in Lewd or Lascivious Behavior; Sending Harmful Material to a Minor; and for Communicating with a Minor for the Purpose of Engaging in Sexual Conduct.
Zuccolillo turned himself in at the Butte County Jail on April 14, 2020. His bail was set at $135,000, which he posted. His arraignment in Butte County Superior Court was set for July 10, 2020.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information to contact Sergeant Pat McNelis or Detective Jason Miller at 530-538-7671.
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Tuesday, April 14, 2020 /Number of views (160) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest of Four Individuals

April 13, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest of Four Individuals
Oroville, CA – On April 11, 2020, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Deputy Arredondo conducted a traffic enforcement stop in Oroville. Deputies identified the occupants of the vehicle as Christopher Gude of New York, age 26, Julian Jenkins of New York, age 26, Frank Perry of Georgia, age 35, and Samantha Reyessickels of Los Angeles, age 25. A records check showed Gude had a felony warrant for his arrest out of New York for homicide, and Perry had a felony warrant for his arrest out of Trinity County, California.
During the traffic enforcement stop, BCSO Police Service Dog (PSD) “Chico” conducted a free-air sniff of the public space around the vehicle. “Chico” alerted on the vehicle indicating the odor of a narcotic was coming from the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle approximately 64 pounds of marijuana and approximately $99,000 was located.
In addition to the arrest warrants, the occupants of the vehicle were all placed under arrest for possession of marijuana for sale, and for transportation of marijuana. Detectives and deputies interviewed all four individuals and determined Gude, Jenkins, and Reyessickels traveled from the Los Angeles area to Northern California to purchase marijuana. Gude indicated he planned to resell the marijuana in the Los Angeles area. Detectives and deputies determined Perry had traveled from Georgia to help facilitate a marijuana purchase.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information to contact Sergeants Pat McNelis, Brad Meyer, or Deputy Arredondo at 530-538-7671.
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Monday, April 13, 2020 /Number of views (168) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Concow Shooting

April 6, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Concow Shooting
Oroville, CA – On April 04, a citizen called the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) to report a victim had been shot in the 5000 block of Big Bend Road, Concow. BCSO deputies responded and contacted a victim who had been shot. The victim was transported to a local hospital by helicopter, underwent surgery, and is currently in stable condition. Detectives and deputies spoke with individuals who witnessed the shooting and determined Sean Franco of Concow, age 42, was the person who shot the victim.
Deputies and detectives determined Franco lived at a residence next to where the shooting occurred. Deputies and detectives set up a perimeter around Franco’s residence, obtained an arrest warrant for Franco, and obtained a search warrant for Franco’s residence. On the afternoon of April 4, the BCSO SWAT team served the search warrant. Evidence related to the shooting and a large marijuana grow was located during the service of the search warrant. Franco was not located and detectives believe at some point after the shooting, Franco fled the area on foot.
BCSO deputies and detectives are actively looking for Franco. Franco currently has a warrant for his arrest for one felony count of assault with a firearm, and for being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and ammunition. This investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are anticipated. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information to contact Detective Brian Mollath at 530-538-7671.
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Monday, April 06, 2020 /Number of views (207) /Categories: Press Release
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BCSO Special Enforcement Unit Eradicates 1,354 Marijuana Plants

April 3, 2020

BCSO Special Enforcement Unit Eradicates 1,354 Marijuana Plants

Yankee Hill, CA- On April 2, 2020, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Special Enforcement Unit served a search warrant on a property located on Rich Gulch Road, in Yankee Hill. Upon service of the search warrant, deputies encountered two male suspects sleeping inside a makeshift cabin. Both suspects were detained without incident.

Deputies discovered the suspects had been tending to marijuana plants which were being grown inside eight large greenhouses. In total, deputies eradicated 1,354 marijuana plants from the grow sites and found evidence that the property had been used for the cultivation of marijuana previously.

Arrested at the scene were Juan Cortez, age 24, from Honduras, for illegal cultivation of marijuana, and possession of marijuana for sale. Nelzon Ramirez, age 33, from Honduras, was also arrested for illegal cultivation of marijuana, and possession of marijuana for sale. Both suspects were booked into the Butte County Jail.
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Friday, April 03, 2020 /Number of views (164) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrests Related to Paving Scam

April 3, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrests Related to Paving Scam
Oroville, CA - Over the past several days the Butte County Sheriff’s Office has received multiple reports from residents about a driveway repaving scam. After reviewing reports and contacting victims, detectives determined a paving crew was presenting themselves as employees of A-1 Asphalt Company. The crew would approach mainly senior citizens at their homes. The crew told victims they had hot asphalt left over from a previous job and could repave their driveways for free or at a discounted price. In multiple incidents, the crew gave the victims one price, started the work and then demanded additional money from the victims far exceeding the original price quote. All of the work performed was sub-par and will need to be redone. Detectives determined the crew responsible for the scam had performed paving work in Chico, Magalia, and Oroville.
On the morning of April 2, deputies and detectives determined the crew responsible for the scam was possibly staying in a motel room in Oroville. Detectives authored a search warrant for the motel room affiliated with the crew and conducted surveillance of the motel. Around 2:00 PM detectives witnessed three individuals enter the suspect’s motel room. The individuals appeared to be removing items from the motel room. Detectives detained the individuals and served a search warrant at the motel room. During the service of the search warrant detectives located over $100,000 in cash, two trailers with paving equipment in the motel parking lot, and evidence to support the three individuals were involved in the aforementioned paving scam.
Detectives identified one of the individuals as Patrick Connors of the United Kingdom, age 18. The two other individuals accompanying Connors were 17 year-old juveniles, also from the United Kingdom. Detectives determined Connors and the two juveniles had traveled to the Butte County area for the purpose of participating in the aforementioned paving scam. Connors and the two juveniles were attempting to remove the $100,000 from their motel room when they were contacted by law enforcement. The $100,000 is believed to be proceeds from the aforementioned paving scam.
Detectives arrested Connors for conspiracy to commit grand theft and elder abuse, for contracting without a license, and for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. One of the juveniles was arrested for grand theft, elder abuse, conspiracy, and contracting without a license. The other juvenile was arrested for conspiracy to commit grand theft and elder abuse, and for contracting without a license. Detectives determined the crew was performing the aforementioned paving scam at multiple locations in California to include in the Sacramento region. Detectives also located evidence the crew had been in the Redding area.
Based on past experience, detectives know these types of scams are typically committed by transient or unlicensed companies that offer driveway repaving services. The subjects will contact residents, while specifically targeting seniors, and offer to repave their driveway for free or at a discounted rate through a verbal estimate. After completing a sub-par job, payment is demanded that typically far exceeds the original verbal estimate. BCSO encourages all residents to check the validity of contractors on the Contractors’ State Licensing Board website at www.cslb.ca.gov, prior to having any work performed by a contractor.
This investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are anticipated. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information to contact Sergeant Pat McNelis, Detective Jake Smith, or Detective Joe Hooks at 530-538-7671.
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Friday, April 03, 2020 /Number of views (331) /Categories: Press Release
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