BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. -District Attorney Mike Ramsey announced that a Magalia man is the first in a series of Camp Fire looting cases to enter a plea in court.
Shayne Storm Tinnel Jr., 22, pleaded no contest to vehicle left in a case involving a stole RV from a Magalia residence during a Camp Fire evacuation.
On Nov. 12, a former owner of the RV spotted the vehicle in Oroville with Tinnel. After recognizing the vehicle, he called the current owner to inquire about whether they had sold the RV. When the current owner told them no then he reported the theft to California Highway Patrol.
Officers located the RV the next day in the vicinity of Walmart in Chico and detained Tinnel. The deputy found that the RV's ignition had been "punched."
Tinnel was arrested in connection to vehicle theft. Additionally, officers found a large amount of suspected stolen property inside the RV which the owner of the RV confirmed did not belong to him. The stolen property included two backpack leaf blowers, car batteries and a large, flat-screen TV.
Ramsey said that Tinnel faces three years in county prison when he is sentenced on Jan. 3. He remains in custody at the Butte County Jail.