We were listening to the scanner today when we heard a call to check for a burglary suspect riding a bike in the area near MLK & Madison. It was reported by the victim of a burglary yesterday who had spotted the 16-year old suspect on the street. It’s not clear how the victim knew who she was looking for.
Police arrived quickly and found a bicycle in the front yard of a residence nearby in the 2600 block of E. Thomas. This is a house that police appear to be very familiar with, having been mentioned as possibly being connected to a property damage incident back on Monday.
Police checked the house for the suspect, and evidently in the process spotted what they believed to be stolen property. The victim from yesterday’s burglary was brought over and successfully identified her stolen goods.
Interestingly, there was another burglary call in that area today in the 2500 block of E. Roy that occurred shortly before this suspect was spotted coming from that direction.
It’s not clear yet if anyone has been taken into custody or if there was property from other burglaries found at the residence. However, if you’ve been the victim of a recent burglary in the Madison Valley area, it would probably be worth your time to call the East Precinct and see if there’s additional property to be claimed. Be sure to have your incident number handy so they can connect you to the report on your event.
We’ll keep listening and digging around on this and see what more we can find out.
Update: 1:50pm – The suspect was interviewed by burglary detectives. They found that he had gloves in his back pocket. Police investigating another burglary this morning said that it appeared that gloves were used in the break-in. They’re now going to see if they can match any fibers at that scene with the suspect’s gloves.
Does anyone have a description of the bike? I’m pretty sure I saw this kid on the NE corner of MLK and Arthur PL. The person I saw was riding a cruiser style bicycle with chrome springs. He meandered out into Arthur PL, right in front of me while I was trying to turn. He just glared at me, did another lap in the middle of the street, blocking traffic, and moved on.
Someone I know in the area said they ran into a stranger with a dog – right inside their house! The guy made some excuse about the dog getting into thru the basement window and he’d come in to get the dog or something like that. I think they called the cops but he’d already left or something, I don’t have all the details sorry – will try to find out more. This was a few weeks ago..
While I’m very glad to hear this, what does it matter when the kid will be released back into the custody of his mom/grandma?
Scott, have you heard any explanation from the police on what makes the difference between incarceration and release? Is it theft dollar value or number of convictions?
My understanding is that juveniles are only kept locked up for really violent offenses. But we’ll try to dig around next week and see if there are hard guidelines for it.