A former evidence technician enters a plea in court. 48-year-old Kathleen Acosta pleaded guilty Tuesday in Butte County Superior Court to the felony charges of Grand Theft and Falsification of Public Records. Acosta worked as a Butte County Sheriff's evidence technician and is accused of taking items from the evidence locker including 20 firearms and drugs. According to a Butte County D-A's Office press release, Acosta covered up her actions by falsifying records used to track the property. Acosta was reportedly discovered when an officer pulled her over for a traffic stop after a domestic dispute back in January and allegedly found a gun, prescription drugs, and a small amount of meth. The other stolen items including the 19 other guns were reportedly found at Acosta's residence.
Acosta's sentencing is set for June.