Arroyo Grande burglar wavers between fleeing and confessing

June 17, 2016
James Benjamin Scott

James Benjamin Scott

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.


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Gee looking at his eyes, couldn’t be B&E for drug money.

He needs to stay in jail awhile and work a program.

I know it would cost money, but even people in jail for 30 days should be forced to attend like AA or NA meetings in the jail at least once daily.

This kid, and at 18 he is still a kid mentally, needs some serious talking to while he is a captive audience. He may end up walking in to the wrong house and getting shot, or he may continue down the road he is currently on and end up in big boy prison.

Sad really.

Whose son is this?

What a dork!

Gingers have no souls

Another sharp stick.