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Man sentenced to more than 10 years for crimes committed in McArthur

J. Tucker Bellegante was caught in the act of a burglary in McArthur by a game camera in Dec. 2021. The "chronic offender" is now serving his sentence.

Posted: Sep 19, 2021 8:10 PM
Updated: Sep 20, 2021 8:46 AM

REDDING, Calif. - A man has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison in the Shasta County Superior Court this week for several crimes including residential burglary, felony vandalism, and misdemeanor petty theft.

According to the District Attorney, Superior Court Judge Stephen H. Baker referred to the incident that occurred in McArthur at the end of Dec. 2020, as a "one-man crime wave." The man, J. Tucker Bellegante, was found guilty on Aug. 4, 2020, and then was sentenced last Friday.

According to Shasta County's District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett, Bellegante drove onto a property in McArthur in a stolen vehicle. Then, she said, he used the truck to bust open a door into an attached garage. Bridgett said he then stole tools from the garage.

A game camera that had been mountain on a tree was stolen too, said Bridgett. But, she explained, another game camera that was not stolen had captured photographs of the entire incident.

Bridgett said Bellegante has a lengthy criminal history and is part of the Chronic Offender Accountability Program (COAP) in Shasta County.

She said her office had the support of both the Lassen County Sheriff's Office and the Shasta County Sheriff's Office, and the California Highway Patrol for their involvement in the investigation, identification, and apprehension of Bellegante.

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