UPDATE: Suspect caught, firearm recovered in Tehama County manhunt

Mar 8, 2016 6:15 PM by David McVicker

UPDATE: Tehama County Sheriff's have captured the burglary suspect after several hours of searching Tuesday afternoon.

John Sime, 24, was apprehended around 4 p.m. by Tehama County Sheriff's deputies along with the missing 22-caliber pistol he allegedly stole during the burglary.

Deputies said Sime came out of his hiding location in Culvert after he was being sought for several hours.

Sime was booked into Tehama County Jail on charges related to the burglary and fleeing the scene.

Police also said had just been released from jail two weeks prior on unrelated charges.


Tehama County Sheriff's Office scaled back the search for a suspected home burglar Tuesday, but said the search is still underway.

Early reports from sheriff’s deputies indicate a lady interrupted a burglary in progress at her home on Noblewood drive in Red Bluff around 11 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The unidentified woman said she saw a fair-skinned adult with red hair and black clothes in her house. The suspect fled the scene upon being discovered.

Tehama Sheriff’s deputies deployed throughout the area in order to find the suspect. Red Bluff Police and California Highway Patrol officers and a CHP helicopter joined in the search.

Sergeant Rob Brinton said the sheriff’s almost had the suspect.

“We were searching for the suspect but he must have got past our perimeter,” he said.

Officers also said that the suspect may have stolen a weapon from the home in question before making his escape. The owner of the home said they had a 22-caliber weapon in a case that was stolen.

“There was a firearm that was stolen along with several other items,” Brinton said. “the other items have been recovered except the firearm.”

Officers are still currently searching for the suspect. Anyone with information should contact the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office.


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