East Ridge Police arrested a juvenile suspect on Wednesday for several residential burglaries.
Tactical patrol officers noticed the suspect in the area while responding to a burglary on Esterbrook Drive. While on scene at that burglary police determined that the suspect was a small-framed individual based on the method of entry into the residence. While officers were collecting shoe print and fingerprint evidence, a woman approached and advised that she was trying to locate her juvenile grandson. As she described her grandson’s appearance, officers noticed the similarities with the juvenile they had seen walking from the area as they responded to the burglary. This juvenile was also a small-framed individual.
Police left and located the suspect at a nearby residence on Tombras Avenue. The suspect initially denied any knowledge of the burglary. Upon discovering that the suspect’s shoe tread matched the shoe print recovered from the burglary that had just occurred, police advised that they had recovered fingerprint evidence from the scene as well and shared their belief with the suspect that he had committed the burglary. The youth then admitted to the burglary and showed officers where stolen items had been hidden.
During the interview of the suspect, police questioned him about specific other residential burglaries in the area that had similar characteristics. The suspect admitted to committing a total of three recent residential burglaries.
Officers filed charges against the suspect through Hamilton County Juvenile Court, including three counts of aggravated burglary, two counts of theft under $500, theft over $1,000, and possession of burglary tools.