Oroville Sheriffs arrest thrift store burglary suspect

Sep 5, 2015 12:39 PM by News Staff

Oroville Sheriff’s deputies captured the man suspected of breaking into an Oroville thrift store early Monday morning

Randy Lee Houk, 25, is in custody suspected of burglarizing the Almost Perfect Thrift Store while apparently having no idea there was camera on him.

The owner of the store told Action News Now the suspect made off with some merchandise and cash.

Before the suspect broke the glass front door to gain entry at about 1:15 a.m., an outside camera captured some unusual behavior. The man can be seen getting under a vehicle while wearing a hat, but he emerges from under the car about 10 minutes later without the hat, and wearing a wig.

Once inside the store, the suspect heads straight to the register, where he found a key to the store safe.

Owner Rori Summers say the man took about $1,100 cash and approximately $3,000 in merchandise from the store, while an accomplice stood lookout for the break-ins hour and forty-five minute duration.

Summers says he actually spotted the alleged burglar at the Oroville Walmart Monday afternoon. She said the man was trying to activate a cell phone that had been taken from the store, and was able to get away before police arrived.

Houk has been charged with burglary and is being held at the Butte County Jail on $50,000 bail. His first hearing will be held Tuesday.


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