POLLOCK PINES (CBS13) — An alleged looter has been arrested during a patrol of the Caldor Fire evacuation country successful El Dorado County, authorities say.
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office says, Wednesday morning, a suspicious antheral was spotted connected a Pollock Pines resident’s location surveillance camera.
“We got a telephone from a national really watching 1 of their surveillance cameras,” said Sgt. Eric Palmberg with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies soon converged connected the country and stopped the man. He was recovered with items that deputies suspected to person been stolen.
That man, identified arsenic 51-year-old Brandon Massey, has since been arrested and is present facing charges of looting during a State of Emergency and possession of a controlled substance, among different charges.
Massey was the archetypal confirmed apprehension regarding looting during the Caldor Fire.
It was a scary thought for radical whose homes person been near empty.
“It opens up the full country for looting,” said John Niebuhr.
He was evacuated from the occurrence much than a week ago.
The sheriff’s bureau notes that information patrols did much than 50 postulation stops successful the Caldor Fire evacuation country connected Tuesday alone.
While they whitethorn beryllium doing dozens of postulation stops a day, the sheriff’s bureau stresses that – contrary to immoderate rumors – determination is nary wide looting going connected successful the Caldor Fire evacuation area.
Stealing spot is typically considered the, but during a authorities of exigency similar a wildfire, theft gets upgraded to looting.
“It’s what we telephone a wobbler,” Palmberg said. “It tin beryllium charged arsenic either a misdemeanor oregon a felony.”
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said it has accrued patrols successful the Caldor Fire evacuation zone.
“Patrolling, checking residences to marque definite we tin support property,” Palmberg said.