LANCASTER – A 17-year-old boy on probation was arrested Monday, after detectives found forensic evidence linking him to multiple Lancaster home burglaries over the past year, authorities said.
A search of the teen’s home turned up wrapped gifts that were stolen during the holiday season, according to Lancaster Community Relations Deputy Miguel Ruiz.
“He’d done sporadic residential burglaries in different parts of the city over a period of about 12 months,” Ruiz said, adding that detectives had linked the teen to at least six burglaries before the home search.
“The wrapped gifts that were located in his house were gifts stolen from a seventh home burglary,” Ruiz said. “He had committed another burglary, which we took a report for, but we didn’t know who did it… so [the search] confirmed our suspicion.”
The 17-year-old suspect was arrested around 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, after deputies searched his home on the 45400 block of Corkwood Avenue in Lancaster, Ruiz stated.
“He did have other arrests related to burglaries in the past, and he also had a no-bail warrant for being a runaway from a local county probation camp,” Ruiz said.
Deputies also arrested an alleged accomplice in the burglaries, 24-year-old Kaneisha Byers, who also lived at the home. Byers is the sister of the teen’s girlfriend, Ruiz said. Byers was arrested on suspicion of burglary and jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail.
The stolen holiday gifts were returned to the latest home burglary victim, according to Ruiz.
“[She] had approximately $1,000 in Christmas gifts returned to her,” said Ruiz. “Six other victims have been identified and are pending notification.”
The stolen items ranged from toys to electronics, Ruiz added.
“We’re just proud of the work of our Burglary Suppression Team, because this case was solved over several months of hard work by our team,” Ruiz said. “We’re happy we were able to return the stolen property right before Christmas.”
The alleged teen burglar was transported to the Sylmar Juvenile Detention Center for housing.