On June 5, 2017, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Property Crimes detectives arrested Lonnie Scott Schaefer, 28, of Sacramento for a burglary to a Sacramento Metro Fire station in the 8600 block of Greenback Lane in Sacramento.
A little before 2:30 a.m. on June 5, 2017, Sheriff’s deputies were called to Sacramento Fire Station #29 in regards to a burglary. Deputies were in the area and observed a vehicle leaving the scene. Deputies conducted a vehicle stop on the suspect vehicle, and the suspect fled the vehicle on foot. A perimeter was set up in the area, but the suspect was not located during the search. Detectives were able to identify Schaefer as the suspect that fled from officers. Schaefer was located at approximately 10:00 a.m. at a third party residence located in the 7100 block of Witchinghour Court in Citrus Heights. Schaefer was taken into custody without incident with the assistance of the Citrus Heights Police Department’s SWAT team.
Since April 1, 2017, there have been no less than 13 burglaries, attempted burglaries, and vandalisms of fire stations in the North Sacramento County area. Most of the burglaries were to Sacramento Metro Fire Stations, and one burglary was to a Sacramento City Fire Station. Detectives are still trying to determine whether Schaefer had involvement in any other burglaries of fire stations or if there were others involved. The majority of the property which was taken during the robberies were power tools that were stolen from the station, sheds, or rigs.
Lonnie Schaefer was arrested for burglary, vandalism, and resisting arrest. He was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail, and is currently ineligible for bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Sacramento Superior Court on June 7, 2017.
Sheriff’s Property Crimes detectives are working with the Sacramento Police Department, Citrus Heights Police Department, and Sacramento Metro Fire Department Arson Investigators to investigate the fire station burglary series. Detectives are asking anyone with information relating to this incident or any others, to please contact the Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP. Tip information may also be left anonymously at www.sacsheriff.com or by calling (916) 874-TIPS (8477).
Sergeant Tony Turnbull