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Chico ER Drone helps police arrest home intruders

Drone helps police arrest home intruders


PUBLISHED: April 7, 2024 at 7:29 a.m. | UPDATED: April 7, 2024 at 7:31 a.m.


CHICO — Assisted by a drone, Chico police apprehended two men alleged to have intruded on a home Saturday.


Around 11 a.m., officers responded to a trespassing call in the 1500 block of W. Fifth Street. The owner of the residence, not home at the time, reported the intrusion after learning from a neighbor that someone was inside the house finds



Police called into the home for 30 minutes instructing any occupant to come out — and, after receiving no response, deployed an unmanned aerial device into the home. The drone located a man hiding in a bedroom.


Identified as Kevin Abbott, 33, from Chico, the man exited the residence and was taken into custody safely. Officers subsequently searched the home and found a second man, Jade Flinchum, 31, of Chico.


Abbott and Flinchum were arrested for trespass and resisting arrest, and were taken to the Butte County Jail in Oroville.

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