Sheriff: Teen on probation admitted burglarizing home in FlorencePosted: Updated:
FLORENCE, Ariz. -- Deputies say a 13-year-old boy already on probation for burglary admitted to breaking into yet another home "to steal stuff" in order to "sell it and make money."
The Pinal County Sheriff's Office has identified the boy, but azfamily.com is not releasing his name at this time. PCSO spokesman Tim Gaffney said the teen was required to wear an ankle monitor, pictured above, as part of his probation.
According to PCSO, the teen broke into a house not far from his home shortly after midnight Thursday. The couple who lives there called 911 after hearing noises downstairs.
The couple went down to check things out, but did not see anything right away. The wife was going back upstairs when the boy allegedly confronted her on the stairs. She said he had her purse. When she demanded he return it, she said he kicked her in the stomach and ran.
The husband chased the intruder and saw him dart into a home up the street and around the corner on North Oasis Boulevard.
When deputies went to that house and spoke to the teen and his grandmother, the victim identified the teen as the person who broke into his home, Gaffney said.
Deputies took the teen into custody and questioned him. Gaffney said he admitted sneaking out of his house and breaking into the other home, confirming details provided by the victims.
Gaffney said the teen told investigators his intention was "to steal stuff" and "sell it and make money."
The teen reportedly also told officers he had broken into other homes and had a case pending for a burglary involving a gun.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said his detectives will use the teen's fingerprints to determine if he was involved in other recent burglaries.
"While only 13-years-old, [name withheld] is already headed down a path which will prove to be that of a violent offender if he doesn't receive help," Babeu said. "Hopefully now that he has received a heavy hand of enforcement he will get the help he needs before it is too late."
The teen was booked into Juvenile Detention on suspicion of armed robbery, theft, and assault.