San Tan Valley homeowner uses sword to thwart teenage burglar

A San Tan Valley homeowner used the Katana sword, above, displayed in his home to prevent a burglary suspect from escaping. (Courtesy of Pinal County Sheriff's Office)

A San Tan Valley homeowner used the Katana sword, above, displayed in his home to prevent a burglary suspect from escaping. (Courtesy of Pinal County Sheriff’s Office)

 

Two boys — ages 15 and 16 — are in police custody after being arrested in conjunction with a burglary that took place Aug. 29 in a San Tan Valley home.

Investigators from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office say the juveniles were found by a San Tan Valley resident burglarizing his home in the 4000 block of East Silverbell Road.

The sheriff’s office received a call at 12;47 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, regarding a burglary in progress, according to a press release.

The homeowner prevented the 15-year-old from leaving by using a Katana martial arts sword that he kept at his home, and the teenager was taken into custody, according to the release.

The 16-year-old suspect ran from the residence. His father called the burglary victim after the boy returned home and told him his son was involved in the burglary. Deputies took the teen into custody at his home, according to the release.

The 16-year-old suspect admitted to running from the house and told deputies where they could find his backpack with the stolen items, which included four watches, four cans of spray paint, antique coins and a tablet, according to the release.

The homeowner identified all of the items as being stolen from his home with the exception of the gloves, according to the release.

Sheriff’s office investigators said both suspects admitted to entering the home through an unlocked window in the backyard. They admitted they brought with them a crow bar, a flat head screwdriver, a flashlight and gloves, according to the release. The investigators said both admitted to committing the burglary.

According to investigators from the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, the two teenage burglary suspects admitted they brought with them a crow bar, a flat head screwdriver, a flashlight and gloves to a San Tan Valley home.

According to investigators from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, the two teenage burglary suspects admitted they brought with them a crow bar, a flat head screwdriver, a flashlight and gloves to a San Tan Valley home.

Both teen suspects were booked into the Pinal County Juvenile Detention Center for burglary and possession of burglary tools.

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