published Thursday, April 18th, 2013

East Ridge youth arrested for multiple burglaries

An East Ridge juvenile has been arrested for multiple burglaries, according to a news release.

The boy was arrested on April 17 after Tactical Patrol officers noticed him in the area while they were responding to a burglary on Esterbrook Drive.

Based on the mode of entry to the burglarized residence, police determined that the suspect was small-framed. A woman approached the officers while they were collecting fingerprints and shoe prints and told them she was looking for her juvenile grandson.

The woman’s description of her grandson was very similar to that of the boy officers had noticed walking through the neighborhood earlier, who was also small-framed.

Police left the scene and found the suspect at a nearby residence on Tombras Avenue.

At first, the suspect denied knowing anything about the burglary. Officers discovered that the suspect’s shoe tread matched the print they had taken from the scene of the burglary. Officers told the suspect they had also recovered fingerprints and advised that they believed he had committed the burglary, according to the release.

The suspect admitted to the burglary and showed officers where he had hidden stolen items.

Police also questioned the juvenile about other recent burglaries in the area that were similar to the incident on Esterbrook Drive. The suspect admitted to three recent residential burglaries.

Charges were filed against the suspect through the Hamilton County Juvenile Court.

He was charged with three counts of aggravated burglary, two counts of theft under $500, theft over $1,000 and possession of burglary tools.

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