Crashed car leads officers to burglary and arson scene


CHICO, Calif. - The Butte County Sheriff's Office is investigating a strange series of events that started with a stolen Jeep crashing in Chico, and ended with the discovery of a burglary and arson at a home where the vehicle was originally taken.

The suspect, Jennifer Britt, 37, now faces a series of charges including possession of stolen vehicles, vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of prescription medication without a prescription, burglary and arson.

According to the Butte County Sheriff's Office, it all started around 2 a.m. Tuesday when Chico Police officers responded to a vehicle collision in the 500 block of Pomona Avenue in Chico. Officers found a woman passed out behind the wheel. That woman was later identified as Jennifer Britt.

Police determined the Jeep and the enclosed trailer it was towing, had been stolen from a home in the 1600 block of Dayton Road.

Chico police and Butte County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the home and found a fire was burning in a shop behind the residence. They also found several areas of the property had been ransacked.

Deputies said the investigation revealed Britt had entered the shop, lit some property on fire inside the shop and stole items including the Jeep, the trailer and medication.

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