California police arrested a teenager for allegedly breaking into a home, waking a sleeping couple, and asking them for their WiFi password, KOVR-TV reported.
Officers responded to the break-in call early Sunday morning after the male resident confronted the 17-year-old suspect and forced him out of his Palo Alto home, according to a Pal Alto Police news release. The couple, whose names were not released, is reportedly in their 60s.
“The male victim got out of bed, confronted the suspect, and pushed him down the hallway and out the front door of the house before calling police,” police said in the release. No one was injured.
Officers found the suspect about a block away from the couple's home. The teen's name was not released because he is a minor.
How did he get in the house?
The suspect reportedly cut through a window screen and climbed into the home, according to authorities.
The victims told authorities that two kitchen knives went missing during the alleged break-in, but the police did not recover any weapons when they arrested him.
The suspect initially lied to police about his identity.
What else happened?
Later that same day, police received a call from about an overnight bicycle theft, the release said.
A female resident in her 20s told police that she had noticed a male teen looking through her bedroom window the night before. He was motioning for her to come outside.
She went outside, along with an adult male resident in his teens, to confront the suspect.
The suspect told them he needed to use their WiFi because his phone was out of data. They ordered him to leave and watched him ride away on a bicycle. The incident wasn't reported at that time.
The next day, the male resident realized his bicycle was missing from their backyard. Surveillance video showed someone taking the bicycle from the backyard to the front yard prior to the residents' confrontation with the suspect.
Police found the bike close to the area where the suspect was arrested.
What are the charges?
The suspect is charged with prowling and providing false information to an officer, according to KVOR. A charge of petty theft may be added.
He is being held at Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall.