Siskiyou County fire station burglary solved

Deputies cracked a major theft at a volunteer fire station.

Posted: Jul 20, 2020 10:23 PM

SISKIYOU COUNTY, Calif. - The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office has solved a major fire station burglary and theft.

Deputy Brandon Howard was dispatched to the break-in at the Hornbrook Volunteer Fire Station on Front Street. Medical and rescue equipment were stolen, including a 'Jaws of Life" apparatus valued at approximately $8,000 and bags containing medical equipment and firefighting supplies valued at more than $700.

An investigation by Deputy Howard and Deputy Rob Stewart revealed two suspects in the burglary and theft and a location in the 15000 block of 1st Avenue in Hornbrook where they might be found.

After obtaining legal entry into the residence, deputies found the suspect, Bret Pettey, 34 and a woman in the bedroom, still in possession of stolen property taken from the Hornbrook Volunteer Fire Station.

Petty was arrested for an outstanding felony arrest warrant out of Siskiyou County and another outstanding arrest warrant out of Washington state.

Charges are also expected to be filed against the woman with Petty.

Sheriff Jon Lopey said, "This was a good piece of investigative work on the part of two professional, determined and skilled deputies.

Lopey said he is glad the firefighting supplies and life-saving equipment is back in the hands of trained firefighters to help during emergency calls.

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