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Burglaries And Looting Defined Differently By Butte County Sheriff

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea repeated his insistence Wednesday that there had been no looting while Oroville was under mandatory evacuation orders, but he conceded that the town had seen “burglaries.”

“Certainly we’ve had burglaries,” he said, adding that there are burglaries every day.

Honea drew a firm distinction between the two forms of theft. Looting, he said, is a massive and organized stealing of everything within a structure, and is “very rare.”

Honea urged residents returning to the area to be prepared to leave again if necessary. “This is an ongoing situation.”

He said the state has agreed to post National Guard units in the region, part of what he called “staging of resources” should another emergency arise.
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