Burglary in Oroville leads to stop of meth lab

Brian Horton (left) and Mindy Kruse (right)

Butte County's Sheriff's Department arrested a man suspected of a robbery, only to find a meth lab in the suspect's home.

Posted: Jan 8, 2021 12:32 PM
Updated: Jan 8, 2021 2:29 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. - Butte County's Sheriff's Department arrested a man suspected of a robbery, only to find a meth lab in the suspect's home.

A homeowner on Cherokee Rd. called the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) to report a burglary at their residence. Detectives searched the area and found a suspect matching the description outside a residence on the 2400 block of Cherokee Road.

The suspect was identified as 44-year-old Brian Horton, of Oroville. The home Horton was stopped at was his own. Horton was active on California’s State Parole and his home was searched to adhere to the terms and conditions of his parole.

During the search Horton’s girlfriend, 35-year-old Mindy Kruse, of Oroville, was also contacted.

Two firearms, a sawed-off shotgun, ammunition, evidence of the burglary that was initially reported, and a methamphetamine lab were found.

During the investigation, authorities said they found additional evidence that linked Horton to a separate burglary that happened on Christmas Day. Kruse was also searched and evidence was located in her purse that was stolen during a vehicle burglary in the Oroville area, according to BCSO.

On the evening of Jan. 7, Kruse was booked into the Butte County Jail for felony counts of vehicle burglary and possession of precursors used to manufacture methamphetamine, according to BCSO. Horton and Kruse are scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on Monday, Jan. 11.

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