After shooting at Red Bluff PD drone, local man arrested when found with stolen property 

RED BLUFF, Calif., — Authorities say a local man who was observed shooting a BB gun at a remotely controlled Red Bluff PD unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) drone was arrested when responding officers discovered thousands of dollars worth of stolen property; including power tools, stolen personal checks, and money orders valued at more than $4,300.

The drone was being used by Red Bluff Community Service Officers to survey the area of an open field north of the Raley’s Shopping Center in Red Bluff in preparation for a community cleanup project, according to officials.

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Red Bluff Police Corporal Holman has since said that on Dec. 7, at around 11:54 a.m., Red Bluff PD CSO’s were utilizing a drone to take aerial photographs of the open field when the officers observed a man shooting what appeared to be a handgun at the drone.

The CSO’s notified emergency dispatchers, at which time several Red Bluff officers converged on the scene and spotted a light blue pickup truck exiting the field with the suspect and another man.

Tyler Beloit was arrested after officials say he admitted to shooting a BB gun at a Red Bluff PD UAV drone. He was also found to be in possession of stolen power tools, checks, and money orders, according to officials. Tehama County Jail booking photo

Officers conducted a traffic enforcement stop on the truck, at which time they contacted and detained two men, including the man seen shooting at the drone. He has since identified as Tyler B. Beloit, 24, of Red Bluff.

Beloit, who was a passenger in the vehicle, subsequently admitted to having a BB gun pistol inside the cab of the pickup, according to Holman; who said a records search also revealed the driver to be on Tehama County Probation.

During a subsequent search of the truck, officers located the BB gun behind the front seat of the pickup. Officers also discovered several power tools along with personal checks and money orders that were determined to be around $4,300 in value.

As their investigation continued, officers learned the power tools had been reported as stolen after a Dec. 6 burglary from a residence on Wernmark Drive.

The checks and money orders were also confirmed as having been stolen earlier that morning, during a separate burglary at an apartment complex on Jackson Street.

Beloit ultimately admitted to shooting the BB gun at the drone and also admitted to both burglaries, according to Holman; who added that after the stolen items were recovered they were returned to their rightful owners.

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Based on their investigation, officers arrested Beloit and he was later booked into the Tehama County Jail on multiple charges; including two counts of burglary, two counts of possession of stolen property, willful discharge of a BB gun in a grossly negligent manner, and other charges.

Online jail records indicate he remains in custody.

Anyone with further information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Red Bluff PD at (530) 527-3131. Callers can refer to incident file number 21-3622 and can remain anonymous.

A Red Bluff PD CSO is seen preparing to launch the department’s unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) drone during a 2019 multi-agency search and rescue operation. RPD launched their drone program more than three years ago and officials have touted their drone’s effectiveness during critical incidents, calling it at the time “a useful resource.” Red Bluff PD photo



Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.

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