K-9 Miko helps wrangle teens caught burglarizing Redding Rodeo Grounds – Suspects linked to other overnight crimes

REDDING, Calif., — Authorities say a pair of teens were caught red-handed during a series of burglaries and vandalisms at the Redding Rodeo Grounds and the Botanical Gardens at Turtle Bay early this morning, Wednesday, Feb. 9.

Officers who responded to the facility, located at 715 Auditorium Drive, say they found broken windows and damaged signs, significant vandalism to several toilets and fixtures, racial epithets, and other damage. Officers also used nearby surveillance footage to link the teens to other overnight vandalism and damage that occurred at Turtle Bay’s Botanical Gardens that occurred the same morning.


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City of Redding police officers were dispatched to the Rodeo Grounds around 1:36 a.m. after receiving a burglary alarm activation at the location’s ticket booth, Redding Police Sergeant Chris Mills said after this morning’s arrest.

When officers arrived in the area, they found a window had been forced open and observed two subjects using flashlights inside the building.

Officers arrested a pair of teens who they caught in the act of burglarizing and vandalizing the Redding Rodeo Grounds early this morning. Surveillance footage also linked the teens to vandalism at Turtle Bay’s Botanical Gardens. Redding Police Department photos

Officers quickly established a perimeter around the building and requested K-9 Miko respond to the scene to assist.

Once in position, officers gave verbal announcements and warned the suspects that the K9 would be deployed, at which time both suspects – later determined to be teens – surrendered and were taken into custody without incident.

“The teens were found to be in possession of property stolen from the Rodeo Grounds …and… a check of the area revealed recent evidence of forced entry and other vandalism damage, including racial epithets, in the immediate area,” Mills explained.

While searching other areas within the Rodeo Grounds, officers discovered broken windows at the location’s bathrooms, where there was significant vandalism to several of the toilets and fixtures, according to the Sergeant, who said, “Officers also located broken windows and signs of forced entry at the Asphalt Cowboys clubhouse.”

While following up on another reported vandalism at the nearby Turtle Bay Exploration Park, officers obtained surveillance footage that indicated both juvenile suspects were also involved in vandalizing property in the area of the Botanical Gardens prior to the Rodeo Grounds burglary and vandalism.

The suspects’ names were not released due to their ages, but both were later booked into Shasta County Juvenile Rehabilitation Facility for charges related to the incidents, according to Mills.

Anyone with further information about this or other burglaries is encouraged to contact the Redding Police Department at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 22R008723 or 22R008725 and can remain anonymous.

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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.