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Serial burglar from Cherokee sentenced to 21 years in prison

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Serial burglar from Cherokee sentenced to 21 years in prison

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - On Wednesday, a serial burglar was sentenced in Butte County Superior Court for multiple burglaries he committed in the Cherokee, Oroville, and Biggs areas from Nov. 2020 to Jan. 2021.

Brian Horton, 45, of Cherokee, previously admitted to three first-degree residential burglaries, two second-degree burglaries, and one attempted first-degree residential burglary, according to Butte County District Attorney Michael Ramsey.

Horton was already on parole for first-degree residential burglary in Stanislaus County from 2011.

Horton was arrested on Jan. 7 after burglarizing a home on Table Top Dr., in the Cherokee area, Ramsey said.

The residents arrived home and saw Horton running away. They discovered several items missing from their home, including a laptop, checkbook, and laptop case.

Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies and detectives responded, and located the stolen items nearby, in the area where Horton had been seen fleeing, Ramsey shared.

Horton was found shortly after running toward his nearby residence. A parole search of Horton’s revealed a methamphetamine lab and several stolen firearms which were taken during other residential burglaries.

Sheriff’s detectives began investigating and eventually tied Horton to burglaries of homes and outbuildings in both Oroville and Biggs.

Detectives used surveillance videos, Horton’s DNA, and his cell phone to prove Horton was a serial burglar, Ramsey said.

“I would like to thank the victims for reporting the incidents and providing law enforcement with the leads needed to identify and arrest Brian Horton,” Ramsey said. “I also commend BCSO’s deputies and detective for conducting a detailed and thorough investigation into these incidents, which prevented Horton from further victimizing our community.”

Superior Court Judge Jesus Rodriguez sentenced Horton to a maximum term of 21 years and 4 months in state prison.

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