Stolen Vehicle Leads to the Arrest of Two Individuals

Case # 23-004584


On July 13, 2023, at approximately 3:00 p.m., a citizen called Chico Police Department and reported their vehicle was stolen in the 700th block of Nord Ave. A Chico Police Officer responded and authored the stolen vehicle report.

At approximately 6:50 p.m., an officer was on East Ave when he saw the reported stolen vehicle being driven by a male. The officer was able to provide a description of the driver to other officers but lost the vehicle in the immediate area. A few minutes later, the officer located the stolen vehicle unoccupied in a business parking lot. As officers responded to the area to look for the suspect, another Chico Police Officer saw a male that matched the description provided, a short distance away from where the vehicle was located. The male was walking with another male. Both subjects, later identified as Sean Patrick COUGILL (age 31) and Derek Lamar SIZEMORE (age 60) were contacted by police. During the investigation, officers located a loaded handgun on COUGILL, approximately 4 oz of Fentanyl, and cash. SIZEMORE was in possession of evidence linking him to the stolen vehicle. Additionally, SIZEMORE had three (3) outstanding felony warrants.

Both subjects were later transported to the Butte County Jail where they were booked for the following:


  • A violation of 11351 H&S, possession for sale of a controlled substance (Fentanyl)
  • A violation of 29800 PC, Felon in possession of a firearm
  • A violation of 3305 PC, Felon in possession of ammunition
  • A violation of 25850(c)(1) PC, possession of a loaded firearm
  • A violation of 22910(b) PC, possession of a firearm with a removed serial number


During the booking process at Butte County Jail, correctional officers determined that Sizemore was concealing Fentanyl and methamphetamine. Sizemore was booked for:

  • A violation of 10851(a) PC, possession of a stolen vehicle
  • A violation of 11351 H&S/11378 H&S, possession of controlled substances for sale (Fentanyl and Methamphetamine)
  • A violation of 4573 PC, bringing drugs into a jail
  • The three (3) outstanding felony warrants

Location: Ceres Ave/East Ave, Chico, CA

Suspect: Sean Patrick COUGILL (age 31); Derek Lamar SIZEMORE (age 60)

Victim: Withheld

Supervisor: M. Escobedo S7

Lieutenant: B. Love L9

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