August 17, 1995 in Washington Voices

Police Surprise Burglary Suspects When They Return To Crime Scene

By The Spokesman-Review
 

Two juveniles were caught in the act Saturday when they tried to burglarize a North side home while police officers were inside.

The two youths, ages 16 and 17, had already made off with one load of goods when they returned to the home on the 2000 block of East Francis for more, police said.

By the time they returned at approximately 5 a.m., police officers had responded to a neighbor’s report of suspicious activity.

The two youths, who had gotten into the home through an open sliding glass door, returned for two pairs of speakers. As they walked through the door, they were greeted by police officers.

The youths “appeared startled,” and one of them asked if “Tom” was home, according to police spokesman Dick Cottam.

“They think they’re coming back to get the rest of the stuff and here are a couple of uniforms standing there,” said Cottam.

Neither youth tried to run.

The officers woke the occupants of the house, apparently asleep during the robbery. The occupants identified the speakers. A Sony car stereo from a car parked in the driveway was also missing.

Police contacted the mother of one of the teenagers and received permission to search a storage shed at the youth’s home. There, police found other audio equipment, tools, a C.B. radio and registration for a vehicle not owned by either youth.

The two were booked for first-degree burglary.

, DataTimes

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