Oroville, Ca- On the 4th of November, 2017 Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies took a report of a commercial burglary at Custom Tile on Lincoln Blvd in Oroville. Employees of Custom Tile arrived at work to find the front glass door to the business had been shattered. There were numerous blank payroll checks taken during the burglary, and no suspect information at the time of this initial report.
On the 8th of November, 2017 Deputies responded to the Gold Country Casino after they learned someone was inside the casino attempting to cash a fraudulent check. Through their investigation, Deputies identified Joe Charles Grivette as the person who attempted to pass the fraudulent check. On the 9th of November, 2017 Deputies responded to Grivette’s residence where he was arrested for 470 California Penal Code (Forgery), 11364(a) California Health and Safety Code (Possession of Drug Paraphernalia), and a violation of his probation.
While talking to Grivette, Deputies learned he was approached on Olive Hwy, near Gold Country Casino and asked to cash a check, of which he would be able to keep $100. Deputies reviewed surveillance video from the casino and witnessed Grivette with two other subjects in the parking lot in a white in color Toyota Corolla. The two subjects associated to the vehicle were described as both white male adults, one in his late 50’s, the other in his early 30’s. The 50 year-old male was described as having long gray hair with a gray goatee. The white male in his 30’s had on a brown hat, brown hair and a goatee.
On the 10th of November, Deputies learned there were multiple checks cashed at the Gold Country Casino. These checks were the same checks that were taken from the burglary at Custom Tile in Oroville. One of the suspects who cashed the checks was identified as Mathew Jacob MacDonald.
On the 14th of November, 2017 Deputies arrested Mathew Jacob McDonald for 470(a) California Penal Code (Forgery), 496(a) California Penal Code (Possession of Stolen Property), 488 California Penal Code (Petty Theft), 11364(a) California Health and Safety Code (Possession of Drug Paraphernalia), 11350(a) California Health and Safety Code (Possession of a Controlled Substance), 11357(a) California Health and Safety (Possession of Methamphetamines).
On the 15th of November, while on another traffic stop, Deputies observed the white Toyota Corolla seen at Gold Country Casino eastbound on Montgomery near Feather River Blvd. Shortly thereafter, Deputies initiated a traffic enforcement stop on the vehicle on Montgomery. The occupants of the vehicle were identified as Philip Monroe Pedro III, and Jay R. Thompson. Both Phillip Pedro and Jay Thompson were positively identified as the suspects who wrote the fraudulent checks, and solicited people to cash them at the casino.
Philip Monroe Pedro III was arrested for 530.5 California Penal Code (Unauthorized Use of Personal Identifying Information to Obtain Goods), 182(a)(1) California Penal Code (Conspiracy), 11364(a) California Health and Safety Code (Possession of Drug Paraphernalia), and 470(a) California Penal Code (Forgery).
Jay R. Thompson was arrested for 530.5 California Penal Code (Unauthorized Use of Personal Identifying Information to Obtain Goods), 182(a)(1) California Penal Code (Conspiracy), and 470(a) California Penal Code (Forgery).
BCSO is still pursuing leads in this case, and has identified four more suspects that need to be contacted. If anyone in the public has information regarding this case, or the suspects listed above, they are encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 538-7321.