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Arrest reported in series of Butte County burglaries

One person has been arrested and another identified in connection with a series of burglaries and vehicle thefts reported in Butte County in recent months.

Butte County sheriff’s officials announced Thursday that 24-year-old Marcus Meyers was arrested May 13 in connection with burglaries at eight locations in the county. He is being held in Butte County jail in lieu of $82,000 bail.

Investigators have identified a second suspect, who has not yet been arrested, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. The name of the second person was not released.

Sheriff’s officials said numerous burglaries and vehicle thefts have been reported in the past few months throughout the county, including Chico, Gridley, Oroville and Durham.

Deputies followed up on several leads and on Jan. 13, one of the suspects and the suspect’s vehicle were found in the Forest Ranch area. Meyers was found to be in possession of several items of stolen property, including a loaded stolen handgun. The vehicle he was driving later was also determined to be stolen, authorities said.

A second stolen vehicle containing property associated with the burglaries was recovered in Paradise, and additional stolen property was found at a another location in Paradise, sheriff’s officials said.

Although thousands of dollars’ worth of stolen property, including guns, jewelry and tools, has been recovered in association with the thefts, officials said additional property is still missing.

Anyone with information pertaining to the case is asked to call the Butte County Sheriff’s Office at 530-538-7321 or 530-891-2711.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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