Backpack left at scene helps nab burglars

June 18, 2008 3:23:03 AM PDT
Two 16-year-old boys have been arrested in a home burglary after officers said the teens left a backpack and a cell phone at the house -- and then called police to report that the items had been stolen and left inside a burglarized house. Shortly after police went to the Fort Bend County house to investigate a burglar alarm and realized it had indeed been broken into, dispatchers got another call, said Sheriff's spokeswoman Terriann Carlson.

Two deputies were sent to interview two teens who said they were crime victims. Carlson said one of the boys told officers his backpack and cell phone had been stolen in a burglary.

"He said the burglars left it (backpack) inside the house that had just been burglarized," Chief Deputy Craig Brady said.

Unless they were the burglars, there's no way the teens could have known a backpack and phone had been found in a house that had been broken into, Brady said. The pair were arrested and police quickly learned more about the break-in.

"What happened is they got scared when one of the neighbors saw them there and they took off running," Brady told the Houston Chronicle for its Wednesday editions. "And he left his backpack and phone inside."

"The one who called and reported his backpack stolen but knew it was in that house, probably isn't the most intelligent juvenile in the area," Brady said.

Since the boys are juveniles, they were released into the custody of their parents, Carlson said. Their names are not being released because of their age.

The investigation is continuing and will be referred to the Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office.

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