Neighborhood burglar returns gun, gets arrested

TRENTON — A boy living in the 1700 block of Longmeadow was arrested Nov. 24 following a burglary in his neighborhood.

A next-door neighbor reported seeing the boy who lives across the street exit a sliding glass door and walk with a rifle case into the driveway of the house about 2:30 p.m. that day. The neighbor told the residents about the incident when they arrived home from work; they then called police about 6:30 p.m.

The boy, meanwhile, spotted the witness, re-entered the house and emerged from the front door without the case. The woman who lives there said she found the front door unlocked at 5:30 p.m. that day, but that she had locked it when she left for work at 7:40 a.m.

An object near a hidden key on the property had been disturbed, she said.

She then checked the house and found the case had been put back, but that a wedding/engagement ring valued at $3,000 and 30 pieces of other jewelry collectively valued at $1,500 had been taken, as had a $150 Global Positioning System unit.

Police went to the house where the boy lived to question him, but was told that he was not home by his aunt and grandmother. Officers then went to interview the witness, and while debriefing him they were notified that the boy had returned.

They then went to the house and arrested him without incident.