Jul 15, 2015 9:55 PM by News Staff
A Chico man arrested in connection with a string of school and church burglaries in Chico pleaded no contest to 18 counts of burglary Wednesday.
Between October 22, 2014 and March 14, 2015, Kyle Hubbard went on a one-man reign of destruction through the City of Chico. He targeted primarily schools and churches during the late night and early morning hours. He would often ransack the places and vandalize doors and windows, Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said in a news release Wednesday.
Hubbard told police he believed schools and churches would have cash laying out in the open. He also thought they were easy targets. He stated to investigators, "If I didn't do it, someone else would." During a few of the burglaries, Hubbard would steal keys, so that he could return at a later date. In all, Hubbard caused tens of thousands of dollars in damaged and stolen property.
Ramsey says Hubbard's actions made young students feel unsafe in their schools and made parishioners feel violated in their places of worship.
Hubbard admitted he committed the burglaries to feed a methamphetamine addiction.
Hubbard faces more than 14 years in prison when he is sentenced on September 2.
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