Police looking for person who burglarized multiple houses near Chico State

University Police confirmed that one suspect broke into a sorority house located on 325 Chestnut St. in Chico.

Posted: Sep 9, 2021 5:53 PM

CHICO, Calif. - One woman living in the house next door to the sorority home on Chestnut St. said it was a frightening night after a person broke into a house nearby.

"All of sudden we heard a commotion and we paused the movie, and we looked outside and there were eight cop cars all outside our house,” said Chico resident Haley Schuster.

Schuster said she saw the officers running through the area with flashlights looking for a suspect.

Schuster also said from her ring footage – she saw who she believes to be the suspect walking across her lawn earlier that night.

"He left his slides in the backyard,” said Schuster.

Schuster was scared and ready to take action.

"It just kind of felt like we were trapped in the house, and we had a baseball bat with us and a pan,” said Schuster. “We were all scared."

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Officers said the sorority house was not the only target on Chestnut St.

They also said there is only one person they are looking for.

"It was very frightening,” said Shuster. “We woke up wondering if he had been caught and one of the nice policemen said this morning said he still was not caught so still very scared, to be honest."

Schuster said even with their ring camera installed outside of their house, she still doesn't feel safe.

"We can check them and look at them and everything, it doesn't make us feel any more safe because it is not protecting us,” said Schuster. “We wish we had a full-on alarm system."

University Police put out a picture of the suspect but have not been able to identify who the man is.

They are asking for the community's help in identifying him and ask you to call either the University Police Department or Chico's Department if you have any information.

University Police said they were back in the area this morning looking for more evidence and continuing the investigation.

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