A 14-year-old Madera County teen is back behind bars on burglary and drug charges.
The juvenile, from Coarsegold, was one of three teenagers arrested last month for allegedly vandalizing the Yosemite Lakes Park Clubhouse and setting stolen property afire in Coarsegold, Madera County Sheriff John Anderson said.
The juvenile was taken into custody shortly before midnight Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at his home, sheriff's spokeswoman Erica Stuart said. The boy's name was not released because of his age.
Deputies responded to reports of a burglarized home at Yosemite Lakes Park around 7:20 p.m. Tuesday. A family had just returned from a weekend vacation when they discovered their home had been burglarized -- with close to $4,000 worth of personal property missing.
Deputies followed a couple of leads that led them to the juvenile, who was found in possession of some of the stolen property, along with marijuana, Stuart said. He was taken to Madera County Juvenile Hall and booked on suspicion of first-degree burglary and possession of marijuana.
The case remains open. Anyone who may have information is urged to call either the Madera County Sheriff's Department at (559) 675-7770 or CRIME STOPPERS at (559) 498-STOP.
Anderson said Madera County residents can receive free house-check services, provided by Citizen on Patrol volunteers.
Residents can fill out a form through the Sheriff's Department -- available at both the sheriff's substation in Oakhurst and the sheriff's main office in Madera.
The forms must be turned in to the Sheriff's Department at least seven days before residents leave for vacation. The Sheriff's Department also can email or fax the forms to interested citizens. There is no charge.
For more information, call JoAnn Evans, community service officer for the Sheriff's Department, at (559) 642-3201.
The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6386, firstname.lastname@example.org or @CarmenGeorge on Twitter.