BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Sheriff Honea has confirmed that six people have been arrested for Camp Fire related crimes.
He says that the Butte County Sheriff's Office has received over 200 reports of suspicious incidents or people within the evacuated areas. Of those, 18 of them were specifically reported to be looting.
Jason Burns from Chico and Michael Salisbury from Reno were arrested on Monday, Nov.12 around 1 P.M. after a PG&E employee reported that he saw them looting. When deputies arrived they say that the two men ran into a house on Quail Run Drive. The deputies followed them into the home and found them hiding in the bathroom with a loaded .45 caliber handgun, methamphetamine, heroin, and other drug paraphernalia.
Inside the garage of the home, deputies located and AR-15 rifle, along with several chainsaws, and other tools suspected to be stolen. Outside the house, deputies found an ATV that was reported stolen. A records check of the handgun showed that the gun was registered to a home that was under evacuation in Paradise. Burns and Salisbury were both arrested and booked into Butte County Jail on charges of being a felon in possession of firearms, drugs, and stolen property.
Teddy King from Paradise and John Brown from Oroville were arrested on Tuesday, November 13th around 5:30 A.M. when deputies saw them in the area of the bike path on Skyway below Honey Run Road, which is currently under an evacuation order. Deputies found them carrying a laptop that didn’t belong to either of the men, as well as a ski mask, drugs and drug paraphernalia. King and Brown were both arrested for possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia and booked into the Butte County Jail.
Shayne Tinnel Jr. and Tracy Sizer, both from Magalia were arrested on Tuesday, November 13th around 9:00 A.M. when deputies spotted a motorhome that had been reported stolen out of Magalia, in an evacuated area. Deputies conducted a traffic stop and spoke with Tinnel Jr. and Sizer. There wasn't a key in the ignition, and the ignition was damaged. The two suspects were both arrested and charged with vehicle theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, and looting.