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Teen boy arrested for cat burglary in Abbotsford

Abbotsford Police have arrested a teenage boy for a cat burglary on July 29.  - Abbotsford News file photo
Abbotsford Police have arrested a teenage boy for a cat burglary on July 29.
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A 17-year-old boy has been arrested for a cat burglary on the same day that it occurred.

The incident took place in the early morning of Tuesday, July 29, when a suspect entered a home in the 2700 block of Blackham Drive through a bedroom window and took a laptop and a smart phone that were close to a sleeping female.

Members of the Abbotsford Police Department's patrol division and forensic identification unit gathered evidence at the scene, and a 17-year-old suspect was identified.

Officers with the crime reduction unit then conducted surveillance on the teen later that evening.

The officers saw him reach into an open window at a home in the 34600 block of Sandon Drive, and they quickly arrested him.

The suspect had in his possession the smart phone that had been stolen from the Blackham Drive residence.

The youth, who cannot be named due to provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, has been charged with two counts of break and enter.

Abbotsford Police Const. Ian MacDonald said police do not believe the teen is connected to a break-in that took place on May 15, for which police released a composite sketch of the suspect earlier this week.

In that incident, the suspect briefly locked a teen boy in the bathroom while he rummaged through the home. The culprit then forced the boy to accompany him through the house in a search for more valuables before locking him back in the bathroom.

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