Oroville Business Owner Fights Back After String Of Burglaries, Catches Suspect

“That’s when we decided we were going to stick around and see if we can catch them,” he said. “We were actually sleeping on the concrete right behind the shop.”

Around 3:30 a.m. Saturday, they heard a noise.

“They were yanking units through the fence,” said Fowler.

With a concealed weapon permit, Fowler pulled out his gun.

“As soon as he saw the gun he was very compliant,” he said.

Fowler ordered the suspect, Dillon Masterson, to the ground, said Police. Masterson He dropped to his knees, and within two minutes, an officer took him into custody.

Officers searched Masterson’s home and allegedly turned up a number of items from Fowler’s business, says Fowler.

Police also arrested Steven Rodrigues in connection with the thefts.

“Two-and-a-half months of seeing this guy on video, and I finally caught him,” said Fowler.

For Fowler, it’s a win. And despite the possible danger, he says he’d do it again.

“It was almost closure because now we can relax a little bit now and get back to work,” he said.

Police say Masterson was out on bail at the time of his arrest, and was also in possession of drugs.


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