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Redding Calif.—According to Cal Fire, on Saturday March 10th Cal Fire Law Enforcement Officers received a report that the chain locking at Cal Fire Station 34 Buckhorn, located on Oak Run to Fern Road in Whitmore had been cut, and several items stolen from the fire station.
Evidence obtained in the initial investigation from video surveillance showed a car with four people at the gate with bolt cutters on March 9th around 3 a.m.
Officers began an investigation and positive identification of the car was made.
Officers learned that the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, and Redding Police Department both had responded to reports of suspicious incidents in Redding earlier in the night.
It was determined that it was the same vehicle and suspects.
Cal Fire Law Enforcement Officers later located state property for sale online, and an undercover operation was set up to purchase the items.
During the purchasing of the items, several stolen items were identified as Cal Fire property from Station 34 (Buckhorn).
Brandon Rhoades, age 29, of Redding was arrested for possession of stolen property.
Officers learned later that three Cal Fire stations were burglarized in Tehama County sometime between March 9th and March 10th.
In the following days, Cal Fire Law Enforcement officers along with Shasta County Sheriff’s deputies went to the home of Travis
Rhodes, age 33 to arrest him on a warrant for brandishing a handgun.
While at his home, officers identified several items stolen from Cal Fire station 34 (Buckhorn).
A search warrant was obtained and served to look for additional stolen Cal Fire property.
Additional stolen items were located on the property.
Evidence of methamphetamines sales was also located on the premises.
Brianna Seville, age 21 of Redding Rhodes girlfriend was arrested on drug related charges.
On the weekend of March 17th, Cal Fire was told about a vehicle that had been recently stopped and towed by Red Bluff Police that contained firefighting tools and equipment.
Jason Goltz, 43 years old, and Brianna Meier, 22 years old both from Redding were in the car at the time of the stop.
During a search warrant service, stolen fire equipment related to the Red Bank and Baker Station burglaries was recovered inside the car.
Through further investigation, officers learned that Goltz was in the vehicle driven by Travis Rhodes the night CAL FIRE Station 34 (Buckhorn) was burglarized.
Search warrants were served to Goltz’s and Meier’s homes in the Anderson area and recovered several stolen CAL FIRE items on the premises.
Goltz was arrested for possession of stolen property and burglary related to the break-ins of several fire stations in Tehama County, including Baker Station, Red Bank Station, and Tehama County Fire Department’s Manton Volunteer Station 18.
Meier was arrested for burglary and possession of stolen property in relation to the fire station thefts in Tehama County. Both were transported to the Tehama County jail.
Further investigation has determined that Goltz traded a generator, allegedly stolen from the Manton Volunteer Fire Station, for a vehicle that was parked in his driveway at the time of the search warrant.
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