Danville Express

Community Pulse - February 9, 2007

Owner catches teen thieves in the act

A 38-year-old man caught two California High School boys stealing items from his car - including a pair of Prada sunglasses worth $400 - last week on Sycamore Circle in Danville.

All of the items were recovered, except for the sunglasses, said Danville Sgt. Troy Craig.

The boys, ages 14 and 15, saw a 1999 Toyota Camry with its dome light on and went inside the car to open its trunk, around 7:30 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 28, on Sycamore Circle, according to police reports. The car owner came out of his home to pick up his newspaper and saw one of the youths near his car's trunk, said Craig.

Upon seeing the items from his car being stolen, the man ran toward the teenagers. One tripped and fell, which allowed the car owner to catch him. The Danville resident told the youth to stay where he was as he called the police. The other teen escaped but eventually came back and turned himself in to the resident.

The items stolen included Seagram's Wild Grape Vodka, Bacardi Rum, Malibu Rum and champagne. The teens also took a 35-millimeter camera, a flashlight and the pair of sunglasses. The items, excluding the sunglasses, were valued at $130, said police.

"Most of the items were recovered in the lawn area," said Craig.

Police cited the youths for grand theft and held them on Sycamore Circle until their parents arrived.

"A lot of the crimes police receive on their desk are strictly crimes of opportunity," Craig said.

He added that some people who break the law see valuables in plain view and have the urge to take them.

"We try to handle (juvenile situations) at the lowest possible level," he said. "We hope all members of the community vie for the juveniles to correct their behavior before they become adults."

-Jordan M. Doronila


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