Mine Burglary in Sierra County: Two Arrested, One Suspect Still At Large


On Sunday morning, just before 8, the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a break-in at the Telegraph Mine in western Sierra County. Two males were seen stealing tools. When the mine owner sounded an alarm, the suspects fled the scene with their faces covered.

Sierra County deputies responded immediately, supported by Yuba County deputies and a California Highway Patrol helicopter. They encountered a female in a truck nearby who provided false information and was detained. She was later identified as 31-year-old Samantha Kaksonen, who now faces multiple charges, including aiding and abetting and possession of the stolen property.

Despite an exhaustive search, the two male suspects were not located. Yet, later that day, a report from Goodyears Bar indicated that two individuals matching the suspects’ descriptions had been seen. Deputies responded, but the suspects had left.

A break-in at the Sierra County Road Department Yard in Goodyears Bar was reported the following morning, with a minivan stolen. Surveillance linked this theft to the burglary suspects.

By Tuesday, Yuba County deputies located and arrested Dustin Million at Bullard’s Bar Reservoir. However, the second suspect, Joshua Paulin, remains at large and is believed to be in the Dobbins area of Yuba County.

Anyone with information on Joshua Paulin or the stolen minivan, a white Dodge Caravan, California license plate of 1437786, is urged to contact the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 289-3700 or the California Highway Patrol.