Attempted Redding commercial burglary leads to arrest of local felon

REDDING, Calif., — Reports of a possible burglary in process at a Redding business led to the arrest of a felon, who was detained while riding away from the location late Monday evening, Feb. 14.


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City of Redding police officers were dispatched to Sports LTD, located at 950 Hilltop Drive, around 11:40 p.m. after receiving a burglary alarm notification, Redding Police Sergeant Chris Mills later said of the incident and arrest.

As officers were arriving in the area, they spotted a man riding away from the rear of the business on a bicycle and detained the man, who was later identified as Steven Billups, 35, of Redding.

Steven Billups was arrested after he was spotted riding a bicycle away from the scene of an attempted burglary at Sports LTD in Redding late last night. Redding PD photo

“Officers found fresh damage to a door at the business, which appeared consistent with a recent burglary attempt,” Mills explained. 

Officers were able to view video surveillance at the location, which “clearly depicted Billups as he used a crowbar to attempt to force his way into the business,” the Sergeant continued, adding that the felon was ultimately unsuccessful in his attempt and was leaving the location when officers arrived.

Officers learned Billups was on active parole and soon discovered he was in possession of the crowbar he was seen using during the burglary attempt. He was also found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia, other burglary tools, several bank cards and checks that did not belong to him, and stolen property unrelated to this incident.

Based on their investigation, officers arrested Billups and he was later booked into the Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of attempted burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of bank/access cards, and violation of parole.

Online jail records indicate Billups has since been released and is no longer in custody.

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Anyone with further information is encouraged to contact the Redding Police Department at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 22R010009 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.