Arroyo Grande burglar wavers between fleeing and confessing
June 17, 2016
An Arroyo Grande teen who botched a home burglary Thursday could not make up his mind whether to run away or confess to the crime. The teen ran out of time to flee and ended up getting tackled by three residents of the neighborhood.
Around 10:30 a.m., a woman was home alone and someone had broken into her home on the 2500 block of Snowcone Place in rural Arroyo Grande. When she encountered the suspect, he ran out of the home and began walking down the street.
The female then told neighbors who were outside at the time that a man had broken into her home. The neighbors immediately stopped the suspect, James Benjamin Scott, 18. Scott then admitted to the neighbors that he planned to burglarize the home.
When the neighbors called the sheriff’s office, Scott took off running. But, three male neighbors tackled Scott and held him until deputies arrived.
Upon arriving at the scene, the deputies discovered Scott was carrying a small knife and a hammer. They arrested Scott and charged him with burglary and possession of burglary tools.
Deputies booked Scott in San Luis Obispo County Jail, where he remains with bail set at $50,000.