OROVILLE, Calif. - The Oroville Police Department was busy responding to two separate burglaries early Friday morning which ended in three arrests.
According to officials, dispatch received a report of suspicious activity in the area of Cherokee Road and La Paz Drive. The caller observed two suspicious men walking in the backyard of a nearby home. During the course of the investigation, officers found that the elderly homeowner had not returned to home since the evacuation.
Officers arrived and observed that the back door had been kicked in. As officers were conducting a search of the property, Robert Speer, 50, of Oroville, was found hiding behind a tree. Speer was detained without incident and was found to have property taken from the home inside of his backpack along with burglary tools and methamphetamine.
Speer was arrested and booked into the Butte County Jail with residential burglary and narcotic charges. His bond was set at $65,000. The other unidentified man was not located.
A short time later, around 2:50 a.m., officers responded to Metro PCS, at 455 Oroville Dam Boulevard, for an alarm call. After showing up to the store, two men were seen quickly leaving the store. Officers were able to detain the individuals without incident.
The alleged thieves were identified as James Howard, 18, of Redding, and a 16-year-old Juvenile from Oroville. Both were found with stolen cell phones and wireless speakers.
Howard was arrested and booked into the Butte County Jail for commercial burglary as well as a warrant for vehicle theft and violation of probation out of Shasta County. His bail is set at $80,000. The Juvenile was arrested for commercial burglary as well as possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released to a parent.
This was the second burglary at Metro PCS in the last several nights and both were able to be solved and officers was able to return the property.