On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at approximately 1700 hours, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a property owner in the area of Joann Lane, Cottonwood, reporting they had located three sheep and a small goat on their property. Deputies and an Animal Regulation Officer responded to the property and confirmed the livestock were the ones stolen from West Cottonwood Jr. High School the previous day. The livestock were found alive, in good health, and returned to the owners.
The investigation is ongoing, the suspect’s identities are unknown, and they are still outstanding. If anyone has any information concerning the identity of the suspects or the theft, they are urged to contact the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 245-6540.
On Monday, March 16, 2020, at approximately 0815 hours, staff at West Cottonwood Jr. High School, located at 20512 1st Street, Cottonwood, reported a six foot chain-link fence of the schools livestock pen had been cut and three sheep and a goat were now missing.
Upon subsequent review of surveillance footage at the school, it was determined a portion of the incident was captured by surveillance cameras on school property. At approximately 2055 hours, on March 15, 2020, two unidentified subjects on foot, were observed approaching the area where the fence had been cut. They are then seen leaving the school toward the neighboring Community Center parking lot. Moments later a dark colored, four door sedan was observed exiting the parking lot and turning west onto First Street. At approximately 2105 hours, the subjects returned to the school in the vehicle and entered the livestock pen where, they can be seen exiting the area while dragging the animals away from the property. Due to the distance of the cameras from the incident, investigating deputies were not able to identify the suspects or the involved suspect vehicle.
The three sheep belong to FFA students who attend West Cottonwood Jr. High School. The two month old goat belongs to the school and has not been weaned. At this time no suspects have been identified. The photos attached to this news release are of the actual surveillance footage from the school. The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information pertaining to this theft to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (530) 245-6540.