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Date and Time of Release: 16 December 2013

Date and Time of Incident: 13 December 2013

Subject: Commercial Burglary Arrest
9 December 2013, several commercial burglaries were reported to the Sonora Police Department and the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Department. One businesse in Sonora and one in Jamestown had surveillance video of the responsible, which was taken during the commission of the burglaries. Upon viewing the surveillance video, the suspect was identified as Derek Helfrich, 18 of Jamestown.

During the next two days, the Sonora Police Department, Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol and Tuolumne County Probation Department searched several locations in an attempt to locate Helfrich, with negative results.

13 December 2013, Helfrich contacted the Sonora Police Department because he heard we were looking for him. Helfrich was contacted at his father’s residence on Ruth Lane in Sonora, where he was taken into custody without incident.

Helfrich was transported to the Tuolumne Jail and booked for felony commercial burglary. At the time of Helfrich’s arrest, he was also in possession of drug paraphernalia, which he was also booked for.