while authorities are still struggling to get hold of what was remained of a devastated city in Northern California after it was the victim of the fatal wildfire; thieves and looters become active and are after evacuated houses and left items.
The Butte County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday that at least six people have been arrested while attempting to take advantage of empty homes and vehicles in the evacuation zone.
two arrests were made Monday and four more came Tuesday in three locations: Chico, Paradise and Butte Creek Canyon the three zones were under mandatory evacuation on account of the blazing flames that covered a great part of the area.
Shayne Tinnel Jr., 22, who was accompanied by 42-year-old Tracy Sizer was arrested and charged with vehicle theft, after police found them driving a motorhome that had been reported stolen; the same day police arrested 27-year-old Teddy King and John Brown, 38, in Paradise for possessing a stolen laptop and drugs
and were booked into the Butte County Jail.
on Monday Officers on patrol in Butte Creek Canyon were reported by an employee from Pacific Gas & Electric suspected a looting activity by two suspicious men; police later arrested Jason Burns, 41, and Michael Salisbury, 48, who were hiding inside the bedroom of a house that belongs to burns relative; the two men were armed with a handgun and possessed: methamphetamine, heroin, drug paraphernalia and loaded magazines for the firearm.
police found additional stolen subjects inside the garage and booked the pair into Butte County Jail.
authorities are doing their best to contain the fire and to get past this deadly catastrophe while other people are playing treasure hunt inside the empty evacuated towns.