A 14-year-old Coarsegold boy was back behind bars, booked on burglary and drug charges. Sheriff John Anderson says this juvenile was one of three teenagers arrested last month for vandalizing the Yosemite Lakes Park Clubhouse, and setting stolen property on fire in the densely populated area of Coarsegold. The juvenile, whose name cannot be released due to his age, was taken into custody shortly before midnight on Feb. 18.
Deputies responded to reports of a residential burglary in the Yosemite Lakes Park area around 7:20 p.m. The family had just returned home from a weekend holiday and discovered the house had been burglarized -- close to $4,000 worth of personal property was missing.
Deputies followed up on a couple of leads that quickly led them to the juvenile, who was not only found to be in possession of some of the stolen property, but marijuana as well. He was taken into custody at his home, transported to Madera County Juvenile Hall where he was booked on suspicion of first degree burglary, and possession of marijuana.
The case remains open. Anyone who has information is urged to call either the Madera County Sheriff's Office at (559) 675-7770 or CRIME STOPPERS at (559) 498-STOP.
Meanwhile, Sheriff Anderson wants to remind citizens that the Madera County Sheriff's Office provides a free house-check service to all Madera County residents performed by our department's Citizen on Patrol Volunteers. Vacation House Check forms must be filled out and turned in to the Sheriff's Department at least seven days prior to the homeowner's scheduled departure date. Forms are available at both the sheriff's substation in Oakhurst and the sheriff's main office in Madera.
As an added convenience, the sheriff's office can email or fax Vacation House Check request forms to interested citizens.
To find out more about this free program, please contact Community Service Officer JoAnn Evans: (559) 642-3201.