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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.”