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Six arrested following thefts around Butte County

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CHICO, Calif. - The Butte County Sheriff's Office has been focussing on home, business and vehicle thefts since the beginning of December and on Friday they reported they have made six arrests so far. 

In a news release, Sherrif Kory Honea reminded the public to report suspicious activity, persons, or vehicles whenever they see anything suspicious.

“I am very proud of the great work done by the deputies on these cases, their tenacious effort paid off," said Sheriff Honea. 

Officials reported that on December 1, deputies started an investigation into a residential burglary that took place on Wayland Road, just south of Paradise. The homeowner reported that the suspects took tools, firearms, silver coins and household items. 

Deputies were able to arrest Jeffrey Borges and Troy Richardson in the following weeks while they still possessed some of the stolen property. Around $4,000 in stolen items were recovered. 

On Dec. 6, deputies investigated a theft from a Chico business where a tractor/mower had been stolen. During the course of the investigation, deputies spoke to David Jones. Jones had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant and was arrested. At his home, deputies also found a stolen car and a stolen air compressor from previously reported thefts. The tractor has not yet been recovered. 

Two more were arrested following a burglary of a business trailer that took place on Dec. 15. Items stolen included checks, office supplies and a Keurig coffee maker. During their investigation, deputies learned that two business checks had been cashed totaling $1,856. Following that lead, deputies spoke to Amber Bonner at her home in Chico and Frank Weiler III who was sitting in a truck outside of her home. A check of the VIN number showed the truck had been stolen out of Berkley. Weiler was also found to have a felony and a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest.

Upon searching the home, deputies found the stolen checks, forged checks made out to Amber Bonner, the stolen Keurig, 1.4 grams of methamphetamine, syringes, and multiple methamphetamine pipes. A 12-year-old boy was placed with Butte County Child Services as a result of the findings. Both Bonner and Weiler were arrested. 

On Dec. 19, a man attempted to cash a "washed' check at the Rabo Bank in Magalia. The teller noted the name on the check and deputies investigating the case located Brian Ruud the following day at his home. Through the investigation it was determined that Ruud forged the check and attempted to cash it. 

If anyone has any information regarding the above cases or similar cases, please contact, Sgt. Josh Brazzi, Butte County Sheriff’s Office, 530-538-7321.

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