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Media Releases

Media releases from the Amador County Sheriffs Office

Media Release #15-05-02

June 1st, 2015

On May 8, 2015 an armed robbery occurred at Starbucks in Martell.  The suspect reportedly displayed a handgun tucked in his waistband.  The suspect fled on foot, after stealing approximately $300 from the business.  The suspect was described as a white male, approximately 30 years old, 5’9” tall, with an average build, wearing a plaid shirt, cargo pants, and an orange and black beanie.

On May 14, 2015 the Amador County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) Investigations Bureau received information from a confidential informant that Steven Drew Allee, 32, of Lodi may have been involved in the Starbucks robbery.  The informant told detectives Allee admitted committing several robberies in the region.  The informant stated Allee had been driving a blue Scion during these robberies.  During the course of the initial robbery investigation, a vehicle similar to a blue Scion was seen in the area of Starbucks.  The informant provided ACSO Detectives with specific details related to the robbery at Starbucks that only someone involved would know.

ACSO Detectives compared a California Department of Motor Vehicles photograph of Allee to the image of the suspect shown on the Starbucks surveillance video.  Allee’s appearance closely matched that of the suspect. Read more here >>>


Media Release #13-10-01

October 3rd, 2013

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>>>

National Take Back Flyer


Media Release #13-07-02

July 10th, 2013

During the July 4th holiday weekend, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center answered 146 911 Emergency calls, 926 non-emergency telephone calls and dispatched 328 law enforcement and medical aid calls for service, county wide.  Read more here>>>


Public Service Message- Internet Scam

December 4th, 2012

The Amador County Sheriff's Office is aware of recent incidents involving a potential internet fraud within Amador County. In these incidents, citizens receive a telephone call from an unknown subject who identifies themselves as being with the Microsoft Corporation and offering to install software that will enhance the performance of the personal computer of the person being called. The unknown caller then directs the subject to an internet site, which allows for the remote connection to the citizens computer.

To date, there have been no reports in Amador County of any personal information being compromised in this manner. However, this "service" is typically charged as a subscription paid on a monthly or yearly basis, but the software being installed is available free of charge on the internet.

The Amador County Sheriff's Office wants to remind all residents of the following internet tips:

  • Do not visit unknown websites by following links contained within emails
  • Do not reply to emails from companies or persons you are not familiar with
  • Do not receive or hold packages to ship to someone you meet on the internet
  • Do not cash check or wire funds to an employer that you meet on line
  • Do not cash checks or money orders received through online transactions without first confirming their legitimacy
  • Never provide personal/banking information as a result of an email or phone notification
  • Do not allow unknown subjects access to your computer without verification

If you are believe that you have been the victim of an internet fraud or scam, contact the Amador County Sheriff's Office.


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