Crime

Local juvenile behind bars for second time in two months

A 14-year-old Coarsegold boy is 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 last night.

According to reports, deputies responded to reports of a residential burglary in the Yosemite Lakes Park area at 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 may have information is urged to call either the Madera County Sheriff’s Office at 559-675-7770 or CRIME STOPPERS at 498-STOP.

Meantime, Sheriff Anderson wants to remind citizens, that the Madera County Sheriff’s Office provides a free house-check service to all Madera County residents, which is performed by our department’s Citizen on Patrol Volunteers. Sheriff Anderson says this community service offers homeowners some peace of mind knowing that an added set of eyes and ears are keeping watch on their homes and property while they are away.

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 main Office on the valley floor.

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.

-Madera County Sheriff's Office

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