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4400 Auburn Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95841
916 • 875 • 5388

Public hours of operation:
8:00am - 5:00pm
Monday - Friday

The Property Crimes Bureau is dedicated to serving the members of Sacramento County through the relentless pursuit of those person(s) responsible for theft related crimes. The Property Crimes Bureau consists of 1 Supervisor and 8 Detectives responsible for investigating residential and business burglaries, vehicle burglaries, grand thefts, embezzlements, scams, vandalism, and other theft related crimes including:

  • ACE (Auto Crimes Enforcement) Detail: Investigates street level auto theft and other related vehicle crimes.
  • SACCATS (Sacramento County Auto Theft Suppression Task Force): A multi-agency task force managed by CHP who conducts street level vehicle theft enforcement as well as chop shop and vehicle theft ring investigations.
  • Metal Theft Detail (Sacramento Regional Metal Theft Task Force): Investigate thefts of recyclable ferrous and non-ferrous metals, batteries, and recyclable non-serialized components such as catalytic converters, tailgates, and wheels; complete site checks to verify recyclers are in compliance with state codes, local ordinances, and the California Department of Measurement Standards.
  • Pawn Detail: Monitor pawnbroker and secondhand dealer purchases and sales, checks compliance with state law and local ordinances, investigates stolen property disposed of at a pawn broker or secondhand dealer, and acts as the liaison between investigators and the pawn industry.
  • SHARP (Sheriff’s Amateur Radio Program): Comprised of volunteer amateur radio operators who assist with any emergency requiring auxiliary communications such as: search and rescue operations, missing person(s) cases, and crime prevention operations.

On average 1,200 theft related crimes are reported each month totaling in excess of 15,000 in the unincorporated areas of Sacramento County each year. Each case is reviewed and assessed to identify the likelihood of solvability as well as information or evidence that may link the incident to a larger series or identify a prolific criminal associated with multiple incidents. Cases are generally prioritized for detective assignment in the order of the most serious felonies and/or those crimes significantly impacting a neighborhood, business district or larger community group first. Many times, investigators are able to group several individual, seemingly unrelated cases into a larger series through evidence collected at each scene leading to the identity of a single suspect or group of suspects responsible culminating in an arrest. As such, burglary cases are most frequently investigated in groups as each incident is a piece of a larger puzzle.

While our goal is to identify suspect(s) responsible and make an arrest resulting in a successful prosecution we also attempt to locate stolen items and reunite them with the owners. In most burglary cases the suspect will attempt to sell or “fence” the stolen property as soon as possible. Stolen property is often sold through online selling websites, mobile apps and second / pawn dealers.

What to do if you are a victim of burglary or theft

  • Report the incident as quickly as possible. Reports can be made via the Sheriff’s Online Reporting System, in person or over the telephone with your area Sheriff’s Community Service Center, or by contacting the Sheriff’s Communications / Dispatch Center and requesting an officer respond to your location.
  • Provide a detailed description of the items taken including any unique markings, serial numbers, or other unique features that will help identify the item if located.
  • Report any new information to the Property Crimes Bureau such as: new suspect description or locating your stolen property online or at a secondhand dealer.

Best ways to deter theft and/or recover stolen items:

  • Be vigilant. Report any suspicious activity.
  • Don’t leave anything of value unsecured or unattended.
  • Remove anything of value from your unattended vehicle or at least remove it from being visible.
  • Keep windows and doors locked when away.
  • Photograph significant or unique items such jewelry and document serial numbers on other items.
  • Install an alarm and/or video surveillance system. Installing a camera at eye level gives the clearest image of a suspect’s face. If you have a surveillance system, learn how to download and save your video to a CD or flash drive.

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