Placer County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Placer County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 2929 Richardson Dr, Auburn, 95603 CA
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Placer County Sheriff's Office is located at 2929 Richardson Dr, Auburn, 95603 CA. The Placer County Sheriff's Office phone number is 530-889-7800.

Placer County Sheriff's Office News

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office hosted the Placer Law Enforcement Agencies awards ceremony last Thursday. The following personnel from our office were awarded as follows: Deputy Wes Hoskin received the Silver Medal of Valor for chasing an armed murder suspect through Homewood, who had previously shot at officers. After a violent struggle, Hoskin was able to gain control of the suspect and place him under arrest. Air Operation deputies Van Bogardus, Mark Bracco and Kris Ulshoffer received the Silver Medal of Valor for their response to a call of an agitated suspect firing a rifle into the air. The air operations team kept watch over the suspect from their helicopter and remained overhead, despite being shot at multiple times. Senior Dispatcher Rachel Cleveland, and retired Supervising Dispatcher Christine Sawyer, received the Lifesaving Award for dispatching fire and providing CPR instructions over the phone to save a four-year-old drowning victim’s life. Detective Dan Meier received the Lifesaving Award for performing CPR on an elderly female while he was off duty. The woman regained a pulse before being transported to the hospital. Reserve Deputy Lynn Seeley received the Volunteer Recognition of Service award for his 24 years of volunteer service as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff, a firearms instructor and a member of our mounted patrol. Congratulations to all those who received an award!

More than two dozen cars were burglarized at Magnussen’s Auburn Toyota dealership last week. The suspects cut through the chains of the locked gate and removed the dashboards, stereos and a couple car batteries from 27 brand new vehicles. The estimated loss from the theft and damage combined is $108,000. The suspects are still outstanding.

Early Halloween morning, Placer County Sheriff’s deputies, with the assistance of Auburn Police, arrested two suspects who burglarized a car on the 1300-block of Racquet Club Drive. Sheriff’s deputies and Auburn police found several stolen items including mail, ski passes, and two garage door openers when they searched the car they found the suspects sitting in. They also found used hypodermic needles, heroin, two methamphetamine pipes and meth. Nathaniel Bahling, 27, of Colfax, and Timothy Vanzandt, 27, of Auburn, were arrested for prowling around private property, entering an unlocked vehicle to steal property, being in possession of ammo and drug possession. Both are ineligible for bail. Bahling has a misdemeanor drug warrant out of El Dorado County and Vanzandt is on Post Release Community Supervision in Placer County.

Our North Lake Tahoe station School Resource Officer just wrapped up Red Ribbon Week festivities this week. Red Ribbon Week is a national alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention awareness campaign observed annually. More than 800 students from North Tahoe School, Tahoe Lake Elementary and Kings Beach Elementary School signed posters, pledging their commitment to live drug-free lives. Students were excited to share all their great reasons to say “no” to drugs, check out the patrol car and receive special Red Ribbon Week bracelets. Interesting fact: Did you know studies show kids who consistently talk with their parents and other trusted adults about the dangers of drug abuse are up to 50% less likely to abuse drugs?

A Placer County Sheriff’s deputy patrolling in North Auburn early Monday morning, spotted a white Honda Accord parked by itself in the parking lot of the AM/PM on Dry Creek Road. This specific area is known to be frequented by loiterers and people who park their cars to “camp”. The deputy observed a man sitting in the passenger’s seat of the car, and a woman sitting in the back seat. The man, identified as 30-year old Onesimo Uribe of Grass Valley was found to be on felony searchable probation out of Nevada County. The woman was identified as 30-year old Stephany Mauss of Grass Valley. A backpack was spotted by the deputy in the car, which contained a .22 caliber handgun, a loaded magazine and 34 additional .22 caliber bullets. The deputy also found a pair of brass knuckles, a total of four checks not addressed to either suspect, and a meth pipe. An extended search of the car revealed 276 grams of marijuana and another meth pipe. One .22 caliber bullet was found on the floor board of the backseat, where Mauss was sitting. Both suspects were booked into the Auburn Jail and face multiple felony and misdemeanor charges. Uribe’s bail is set at $155,000. Mauss is out on bail.

The men arrested for Thursday’s theft from the Auburn Home Depot and subsequent pursuit are: 1. Douglas Gladden, 27, of Anitoch; arrested for Conspiracy, Grand Theft, and Resisting Arrest. He also had several arrest warrants totaling over $500,000 for Robbery, Burglary, and numerous counts of Grand Theft. 2. Jason Thomas, 42, of Oakland arrested for Evading a Peace Officer Causing Serious Injury, Grand Theft, Conspiracy, False Imprisonment, and Resisting Arrest. He was also a wanted Parole At Large.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office has been working with the cities in Placer County to cover up graffiti. PCSO’s minimum security inmates have been trained in graffiti removal and with the cooperation of property owners, they have been helping to clean up the problem areas. Most recently, there has been a graffiti cover up effort in Roseville.

Earlier this week, a two-year-old named Hunter came to visit deputies at the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. Hunter’s mother contacted us through Facebook because their neighbors had recently been arrested by the police and Hunter, who used to love law enforcement, was now terrified of them. She wanted Hunter to come to our office to meet with a deputy to get over his fear. They drove up from Antelope and met with Sgt. Griffiths. Hunter was shy at first, but Sgt. Griffiths got him to warm up and by the end of the visit, Hunter was laughing and playing with Sgt. Griffiths. We were happy to help Hunter conquer his fear and we hope he comes to visit us again!

We’re ready for tonight’s Placer Law Enforcement Agencies (PLEA) awards ceremony! Thank you to the Pine Hills Academy for singing the National Anthem! 🎶

....and the winner of the Halloween costume contest is Lt. Dan and Forrest Gump! We had so many creative costumes this year, we put something together to showcase everyone who dressed up! We hope you had a fun and safe Halloween!

Thursday morning, Placer County Sheriff’s deputies received a call of a burglary at the Home Depot in Auburn. Two adult male suspects were identified running out of the store with several boxes of Milwaukee power tools and equipment, worth more than $8,000. The suspects took off in a Grey Honda Accord, and began driving on Interstate 80. A deputy first spotted the suspects, identified as 42-year old Jason Thomas, and 27-year old Douglas Gladden, off Interstate 80 in Loomis. The deputy tried to stop the suspects, but they took off and entered I-80 driving in the opposite direction of traffic. The deputy backed off and called for more deputies to respond to the area, in an effort to capture the suspects. A second deputy spotted the suspects in Penryn, and another chase began, taking deputies through Placer County. The suspects eventually lost of control of the car and crashed into an embankment just South of Highway 193, along Sierra College Boulevard. Both suspects escaped from the car after it flipped over multiple times and landed on its side. One suspect was taken down by a K-9, and the second was arrested by deputies. The pair was taken to a nearby hospital for unknown injuries. Gladden, of Antioch, has more than $500-thousand dollars in warrants for burglary and robbery. Thomas, of Oakland, was a wanted parolee-at-large. Thankfully, deputies and the general public did not suffer any injuries during the incident. Both suspects are facing multiple charges including felony evasion and felony grand theft.

Deputy Steve Schafer retired from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office yesterday after 30 years of service. Steve held assignments in corrections, patrol, youth and community services, and the coroner’s unit. He’s known for his hardwork, dedication, kindness, and extensive reports. We will miss him around the office, but wish him the best in his retirement!

Sheriff Devon Bell speaking at the Placer County Law Enforcement Chaplaincy fundraiser Monday, in Squaw Valley. Chaplains play such an important role in law enforcement, as they help grieving families who have lost their loved ones to tragedy.

Happy Halloween! 🧛‍♂️🧛‍♀️🎃 There are so many creative costumes this year, we don't know who to pick for our Halloween costume contest winner! Will you help us? Just "like" the photo to vote for which group you think should win! The winning group will be announced tomorrow. 😎 Post photos of YOUR Halloween costume down below!👇👻

Placer County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a transient with a violent criminal past in Auburn Sunday evening, after learning he had cut another transient in Chana Park. When deputies arrived at the park, they found a transient man with a 14-inch wound across his chest. The victim told deputies Matthew Rhines, 38, slashed his chest with a knife after they got into an argument, and ran away. The victim was transported to a local hospital, and the search for Rhines began. Sunday night, a deputy patrolling the area found Rhines in the parking lot at Rock Creek Reservoir. Rhines was arrested and booked at the Auburn Jail. He is currently out on bail.

Good morning from Tahoe City!

UPDATE: Auburn Folsom Rd. is now open. Auburn Folsom Rd. near Lees Ln. is closed due to a garage fire. South Placer Fire is working on putting it out.

Good Morning Placer County! My name is Angela Musallam. Some of you may recognize me from CBS 13, but I am now thrilled to join the Placer County Sheriff’s Office as a Public Information Officer! I am thrilled to work at and get to know the Placer County community. I want to learn more about what matters to you. A little about me: I was born and raised in the Bay Area, where I attended San Francisco State University and majored in TV broadcast journalism. My storytelling journey began in Redding, where I spent two years, before making my way down to the Greater Sacramento Region in 2016. I am honored to have gotten to know and work with so many inspirational people across Northern California. I will now take on a new role and give you a deeper look into the many ways the Placer County Sheriff’s Office serves the community, and deliver information that matters to you. Please stay tuned for new and exciting posts across all our social media platforms, I look forward to getting to know you all! You can follow me on Facebook at Angela Musallam and on Twitter at: @AngelaM_PCSO.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Unit and Search and Rescue members attended a sensory horse clinic. The horses were exposed to a multitude of obstacles and things they may encounter while out in public. The horses worked through each obstacle to build their confidence. They did a great job and were praised by their riders.

What do you think of our new cover photo for Facebook and Twitter? We think it looks delicious!

This deer failed to comply with Deputy Moynier’s PA announcements.

Recently, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office homeless liaison team and inmate work crews have been cleaning up county properties and abandoned homeless camps. The homeless liaison team also continues to work with private property owners to clean up private parcels and maintain no trespass letters. If you’re a private property owner in Placer County, we encourage you to call our non-emergency number (530) 886-5375 to report any illegal camping on your property. Dispatch will forward the issue onto our homeless liaison team. To obtain a No Trespass Letter of Consent, visit and scroll down to the proper drop down link. The letter allows deputies to respond to your property and address trespass complaints without you needing to be present every time.

Good night Placer County!

Our prayers go out to the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and the Jewish community.

St. Joseph’s Catholic School in North Auburn had a law enforcement appreciation day for Red Ribbon Week. PCSO’s K9, off-highway vehicle, and Special Enforcement Team was in attendance. Red Ribbon Week is October 23-31. This year’s theme is “Life is your journey, travel drug free.” Take the pledge to be drug free!