Teen Accused Of Multiple Burglaries

A 15-year-old boy is accused in a string of daytime residential burglaries in North Redding. A rash of heists has plagued the Quail Ridge and Aroyo Manor Neighborhoods during late April and early May. Redding Police investigators say the teenager would knock on the front door of a house and if nobody answered he would climb through an unlocked window or squeeze under a partly opened garage door. He would then go straight to the bedrooms, rifling through drawers and smashing piggy banks as he looked for money and jewelry. Three of the burglaries were done when the residents were home, and the boy would flee when he saw them. A cell phone picture taken of a boy acting suspiciously on Whistling Drive helped to finally lead investigators to a suspect. They identified the boy in the picture and talked to his family, who said he had been reported as a runaway for several weeks. On Tuesday, the boy returned home and police arrested him. He was booked into Juvenile Hall on 4 burglaries, but he’s suspected of many more, pending the processing of fingerprints and DNA.