Police say three caught red-handed in burglaries

Posted: Thursday, June 05, 2008

Juneau police caught two teens and a young adult red-handed with goods from at least three Mendenhall Valley burglaries, including the remnants of a day-old pizza stolen the day before.

Police arrested the trio while responding to a trespassing call on Thunder Mountain Boulevard. A man called after discovering the alleged thieves while trying to show the property to potential renters.

Arrested were Roy Williams, 20, and two boys ages 14 and 16. Police filed criminal trespass charges and expect to file additional burglary and theft charges soon. The 16-year-old was so drunk during his arrest that police took him to Bartlett Regional Hospital before placing him in the care of Johnson Youth Center.

"The other two had not been drinking," Sgt. Tom Bates said.

Police can't say how long the kids were living in the empty house furnished with a stolen TV, Nintendo Wii, liquor, a small amount of cash, inexpensive jewelry and 10 cereal bowls.

Police said they found items from homes burgled during previous days on Kimberly Street, Mendenhall Boulevard and Glacier Highway. All three homes were unlocked.

People need to be vigilant, keep an eye out and lock the door, Sgt. Dave Campbell said. Most burglaries are opportunistic, he said.

"One person or group can be responsible for a lot of burglaries," Campbell said. "It can continue until they get caught."

According to Uniform Crime Reports released by Juneau police, burglars forced their way into homes during 91 of 166 burglaries reported in 2007. In a year that Juneau lost more than $1.2 million in property to thieves and burglars, $130,155 in cash was reported stolen from Juneau homes and businesses.

Police recovered $999.

Cash, alcohol, prescription drugs and guns are the most sought items of Juneau thieves, Campbell said. It's difficult to quantify theft and burglary because not all are reported, he said.

"The numbers are artificially low," Campbell said.

• Contact reporter Greg Skinner at 523-2258 or e-mail greg.skinner@juneauempire.com.

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