One of the several criminal defendants who are accused of taking advantage of the February emergency evacuation of southern Butte County was scheduled to begin his jury trial in Butte County Superior Court August 14, 2017 on a looting charge in the Gridley area but that date has now been changed to October 16, 2017.
John Floyd Beebe, Jr., 38 years old, of Gridley, California, is charged with First Degree Residential Burglary. He is alleged to have broken into a Gridley residence while the town was under mandatory evacuation orders in February 2017 because of the crisis at the Oroville Dam. District Attorney Mike Ramsey said Beebe broke into an evacuated home and took more than $2,000 of household items including jewelry, electronics and clothing.
Ramsey noted Beebe has a long criminal history going back over a decade which includes seven prior burglaries. Because of this, Ramsey said he would ask the judge to sentence Beebe under California’s three-strikes law to a 31-year-to-life term in state prison.
Ramsey said Beebe prior extensive theft record and his predatory nature of taking advantage of the community during the emergency evacuation demand the most severe sentence to demonstrate that the Butte County community should remain free of such criminals.
Beebe is currently in custody of the Butte County Jail with bail set at $1,330,000.00.