Chico Calif.—Butte County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue building in Chico was broken into on Wednesday March 21st around 1 p.m.
The burglary suspects cut locks on trailers and stole approximately $23,000 worth of dive equipment used by the Butte County Dive and Rescue Team and members of the Butte County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue.
BCSO Patrol Deputies and detectives with the BCSO Felony Investigations Unit initiated an investigation into the burglary.
It was determined that it was connected to a recent burglary at the Skyway Golf Park.
After collecting evidence it was discovered that Dusty Mason of Magalia, and a 17 year old juvenile were responsible for the burglary of the BCSO Search and Rescue trailers and the Skyway Golf Park.
BCSO detectives interviewed the juvenile and he confessed to burglary and told them that some of the stolen property was at Mason’s mother’s home in Tehama County.
BCSO deputies contacted Mason’s mother Kelly Bruce and conducted a search of her home.
Deputies were able to recover almost $10,000 worth of equipment associated to the burglary.
Through the investigation deputies learned that the additional property associated with the burglary were thrown into the Sacramento River.
Butte County Dive and Rescue Team and the BCSO Marine Unit coordinated the collection of $2,500 of additional property in the Sacramento River.
There is still approximately $10,500 worth of dive equipment including dive masks, scuba tanks, and miscellaneous scuba equipment still missing.
BCSO arrested three in connection to the burglaries.
The 17 year old juvenile was arrested for possession of stolen property, and burglary.
Dustin Mason, age 29 from Magalia was arrested for burglary, violation of probation, resisting arrest, and possession of stolen property.
Kayla Keehl, age 26 from Magalia was arrested for possession of stolen property and as an accessory.