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Media releases from the Amador County Sheriffs Office
The Amador County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, will again participate in the nationwide Take-Back Initiative on April 30, 2016 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Americans participating in DEA’s ten previous National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day events turned in more than five million pounds of drugs at more than 5,000 sites manned by thousands of federal, state and local law enforcement partners including the Amador County Sheriff’s Office.
In an effort to prevent increased pill abuse and theft, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at one location within Amador County. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Read more here >>>
On the afternoon of March 7, 2016 the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a residential burglary on Curran Road in the unincorporated area of Jackson Valley.
An Amador County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to the scene and learned that forcible entry had been made into the vacant home and numerous items had been stolen. The stolen property included multiple firearms, electronics, jewelry, collectible antiques, tools, and power yard equipment. The preliminary estimated value of the loss was approximately $15,000.
The responding deputy processed the crime scene. During the ongoing investigation evidence was located within the residence that identified a possible suspect. The deputy used Amador County Sheriff’s Office records to determine that the possible suspect had been a resident in the immediate area. Further follow-up investigation and interviews revealed that the suspect was recently evicted from his home in the Camanche Village and he was likely involved in the burglary on Curran Road.
Amador County Sheriff’s Detectives were advised of the case and assisted in the investigation. Detectives were able to determine that firearms stolen in the burglary had recently been pawned. The detectives were able to recover the stolen firearms along with evidence that the suspect was the person that pawned the stolen firearms. Read more here >>>
On March 8, 2016 at approximately 1914 hours the Amador County Sheriff’s Office was notified by a resident of South Lake Tahoe that her husband had gone snow machine riding with friends in the area of Tragedy Springs in Amador County and had not yet returned home.
An Amador County Sheriff’s Deputy checked the area and located the subject’s vehicles parked on Tragedy Springs Road. Amador County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team was deployed to the area to begin searching the known trails in the area. Read more here >>>
On March 8, 2016 at approximately 0808 hours the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a residential fire at the 19000 block of Woodridge Road in Pioneer. Callers also reported hearing possible gunshots associated with the fire.
An Amador County Sheriff’s Deputy responded and found the residence fully involved and unable to be entered. The deputy spoke with neighbors who reported that the residence may be occupied. The deputy could hear the sound of ammunition combusting and various household items bursting due to the heat generated by the fire. Read more here >>>
The Amador County Sheriff’s office has received an increasing number of reports of aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents.
Scammers make unsolicited calls claiming to be IRS officials. They often alter their caller ID numbers to make it look like the IRS or another agency is calling. The callers use IRS titles and fake badge numbers to appear legitimate and they may use the victim’s name, address and other personal information to make the call sound official. Many phone scams use threats to intimidate and bully a victim into paying. They may threaten arrest, deportation, or revoke the license of their victim if they don’t get the money right away.
Below are a few things that the scammers often do that the IRS will not do. Read more here >>>
On January 25, 2016 at approximately 0336 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 Emergency call from a resident at the 15000 block of Ridge Road in the unincorporated area of Sutter Creek. The caller stated that her neighbors had been the victim of a home invasion robbery.
Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies responded. Upon arrival deputies contacted two male victims, a 66 year old father and his 34 year old son. Both subjects suffered blunt force trauma to the face. Fire and American Legion Ambulance personnel responded. The 34 year old was transported to Sutter Amador Hospital for treatment.
Based upon interviews of the two victims, it was determined that at approximately 0245 hours, four male subjects wearing masks to cover their faces, entered into the victims’ residence, beat the victims, and bound their hands behind their backs. One suspect was reportedly armed with a semi-automatic pistol and one suspect was armed with an axe handle. The suspects reportedly stole 10 to 12 pounds of marijuana, four firearms, approximately $1,000.00 to $1,200.00 in cash, a video game system and processed meat. The suspects fled the area, eastbound on Ridge Road, in a light color truck. Read more here >>>
On Friday December 11, 2015 at approximately 1300 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received an Emergency 911 call from a male subject reporting that he had accidentally shot himself. Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies, American Legion Ambulance and Fire Personnel responded to the scene on Moonshine Lane in the unincorporated area of Sutter Creek.
Upon arrival deputies found a 57 year old male, suffering from an accidental, self-inflicted gunshot wound, that injured both of his legs. Ambulance and fire personnel tended to the subject’s injuries which ultimately resulted in him being flown by helicopter to a trauma center in Roseville for treatment.
Deputies located a 9mm pistol which the subject said was the involved firearm. While at the scene deputies could smell the odor of cultivated marijuana. They also observed an outdoor marijuana cultivation area with a posted medical marijuana recommendation. Deputies were able to determine that the subject had a prior felony conviction which precluded his possession of firearms and ammunition. Read more here >>>
On Wednesday December 2, 2015 at approximately 1556 hours the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received notification of a silent bank alarm at the Bank of Stockton in Pine Grove. Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies responded and while enroute were updated that the bank had in fact been robbed.
The suspect was reported to be a white female, approximately 5’8” tall, weighing approximately 150 lbs., long dark hair, wearing a black beanie, sunglasses, grey jacket, dark leggings and boots. The suspect reportedly handed a teller a note demanding money and ordering her not to make any statements. After receiving an amount of currency, including recorded/documented bills, the suspect fled in a newer white Volkswagen Bug. A surveillance camera image of the suspect during the robbery is attached.
Roadways leading out of the area were surveilled by Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies, CHP Officers and by Jackson and Sutter Creek Police Officers. Read more here >>>
On Saturday October 31, 2015 at approximately 0820 hours, an Amador County Sheriff’s Deputy contacted Christopher Gabriel Robles, 55, of Sacramento, parked at the Vista Point off Hwy 49, north of Jackson. Robles is on Post Release Community Supervision in Sacramento County which requires him to submit to search conditions.
A search of Robles’ Toyota Tundra revealed approximately 7 pounds of marijuana, a scale, packaging material, concentrated cannabis, a BHO lab to produce concentrated cannabis, methamphetamine, a methamphetamine smoking pipe and a large quantity of US Currency in small denominations. Read more here >>>
The Amador County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, will participate in the 6th Nationwide Take-Back Initiative on October 26, 2013 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Amador County residents participating in the fifth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 27, 2013 turned in more than 219 pounds of pills at the Amador County Sheriff’s Office. Read more here>>>