The following press release was issued by the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office.

Updated 8/10/20: 

The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the many citizens who provided information regarding this investigation. Matthew Dewayne Williams (32 years old, Sonora CA) has been arrested for the crime. On Thursday August 6th at about 6:00 PM deputies located and arrested Williams in the Big Trees Shopping Center (Arnold, CA) while he was riding in a vehicle. At the time of his arrests, Williams was in possession of suspected methamphetamine, suspected heroin, and a glass smoking pipe. Suspect Williams was transported and booked into the Calaveras County Jail with a bail of $50,000.00.

After arresting Williams, deputies contacted the driver of the vehicle who was identified as Joshua Michael Grimes (35 years old, Arnold, CA). A records check of Grimes revealed that he was wanted for a misdemeanor traffic warrant issued by the Tuolumne County Superior Court. Deputies placed Grimes under arrest.

While searching Grimes’ vehicle deputies located a .22 caliber handgun and approximately 50 rounds of ammunition. Upon further inspection of the weapon, deputies discovered that the serial numbers had been purposely altered rendering them unreadable. Deputies arrested Grimes for 23900 PC possession of a firearm with altered identification markings (Felony) and for the outstanding warrant. He was booked into the Calaveras County Jail with a bail of $100,000.00.

Original article:

On Friday, July 31st, 2020, at about 2:00 PM, deputies were dispatched to White Pines Park for a report of a burglary to a storage container. Upon arrival, deputies learned that a suspect cut the lock of a container sometime during the night of Thursday, July 30th. Once inside, the suspect stole a white and orange STIHL chainsaw along with other smaller items.

While canvassing the area for usable evidence, deputies located security camera footage that contained an image of a possible suspect. Please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 209-754-6500 or the anonymous tip line at 209-754-6030 if you know this person.


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