Chico Police arrest suspect in string of school and church burglaries

Mar 16, 2015 11:49 PM by Alan Marsden

Chico police have arrested a man they say is responsible for numerous recent burglaries at local schools and churches, including two this past weekend. He is 28-year-old Kyle Jacob Hubbard, identified by police as a local transient.

Hubbard was arrested around 3 p.m. Monday following a foot chase in the area of East Avenue and Coleman Court. Hubbard was reportedly wearing a tee-shirt stolen from Madison Bear Garden during a burglary there last week.

A surveillance image from that burglary has been positively identified as Hubbard. Detectives also lifted a finger print from the LDS Church that was targeted March 8th that matches Hubbard.
Detectives have linked Hubbard to a total of 15 recent burglaries including those at McManus, Marigold, Sierra View and Neal Dow elementary schools, as well as Pleasant Valley High School. Churches targeted include Bidwell Presbyterian, hit over the weekend, as well as the St. John's Episcopal Church, Faith Lutheran Church and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Thousands of dollars in equipment and cash were stolen in these burglaries, and in some cases the culprit caused thousands in damage in what police call "senseless vandalism." Police say it's possible others may have been involved. The investigation continues.


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