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.


Oroville, Ca-- On Tuesday, May 5th at 9:00am, the Butte County Board of Supervisors will read a resolution recognizing May 10-16 as National Police Week. Following the resolution, Butte County Sheriff's Office will present a brief memorial service for our fallen heroes. This event will take place at 10:30am at the BCSO Memorial Pond in front of the main Sheriff's Office. All BCSO personnel, whose duties permit, have been asked to attend, and an invitation has been extended to the families of our personnel who sacrificed their utmost in the line of service. We invite the media to join us as we honor and remember our fallen heroes.


For more information, please contact

BCSO Media Liaison Miranda Bowersox

530.538.5384, 530.990.6949

Monday, May 04, 2015 /Number of views (3) /Categories: Press Release

Burglary in Palermo

Oroville, CA -      On April 28, 2015, a citizen flagged down Deputy Brian Evans in Palermo to report some suspicious activity on Melvina Avenue. The citizen described a white Cadillac parked in front of a residence with 3 males carrying items from the house to the car. Deputy Evans was only a couple of blocks away and responded to the area immediately. The Cadillac was able to slip away prior to the deputy’s arrival. Deputy Evans investigated the home and it appeared that forced entry had been made with the contents of the home ransacked. Deputy Evans broadcast the description of the car over the radio and within moments Deputy Angelo Tavelli saw the car pulling into a residence on Lincoln Boulevard, about 5 miles away. Deputy Tavelli made contact with the occupants of the Cadillac and assisted Deputy Evans with the investigation. They determined that this was the same car and individuals that the citizen saw on Melvina Avenue and the car was filled with property from the house. All three occupants of the car, Anthony Skelly (DOB 11-18-87), Samuel Smiley (DOB 8-1-90) and Sean Smiley (DOB 4-19-94) were arrested for residential burglary and possession of stolen property. Sean Smiley had 2 additional arrest warrants from Oroville Police Department that were served and Anthony Skelly had the additional charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. All the recovered property will be safely stored at The Butte County Sheriff’s Office until the owner can make arrangements to retrieve it. The quick action of the citizen in recognizing the suspicious activity and reporting it to the deputy was instrumental in the successful arrest and recovery of property.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 /Number of views (31) /Categories: Press Release

Pursuit of stolen vehicle

On Saturday April 25, 2015, Butte County Sheriff’s Deputy Hooks observed a previously reported stolen Honda Civic driving on Montgomery Street in Oroville.  Deputy Hooks attempted to stop the car and it fled southbound on Highway 70 in excess of 100 MPH.  With minimal other traffic the suspect continued to flee to Central House Road, across to the town of Honcut, then up through eastern Palermo ultimately fleeing across Cynthiann Lane and up Drescher Tract Road.  Other Deputies and the California Highway Patrol responded to the area to assist and the suspect lost control of the Honda at Drescher Tract Road and Pinecrest Road, wrecking into the ditch.  The driver got out of the car and ran away, leaving two passengers behind. 

The passengers were detained and treated at the scene for injuries received from the wreck.  The investigation revealed that the passengers were not responsible for the theft of the vehicle, and were released.  The investigation is continuing to identify and arrest the driver. 

Monday, April 27, 2015 /Number of views (31) /Categories: Press Release

Burglary at Training Grounds Prompts Joint Investigation


On Saturday, April 18, a burglary occurred at the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Posse Grounds and Range and the CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire Training Grounds located on Openshaw Road off Highway 149. 

Items taken in the burglary include rescue and emergency equipment and construction equipment. The value of the equipment is estimated to be $30,000.00.

This crime is being jointly investigated by BCSO and CAL FIRE. If you have any information regarding this crime, please contact BCSO Detective Freeman at (530)538-7671.



Thursday, April 23, 2015 /Number of views (41) /Categories: Press Release
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