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Teenager arrested on suspicion of multiple burglaries

Law enforcement officers with the San Jose Police Department announced they have arrested a 19-year-old San Jose man for his suspected involvement in as many as 20 residential burglaries in the area. San Jose police arrested him on Dec. 10.

According to officers, the man is tied to 13 burglaries in San Jose's Southern and Foothill districts. Authorities indicate they believe he was involved in several others as well. It is unclear what evidence uncovered in the officers' investigation that led them to the teenaged suspect.

Officers apparently have not recovered stolen items from the alleged break-ins as of yet. They are continuing to search for the missing stolen property in order to recover it for the alleged burglary victims. Police indicated that in addition to other property types, two guns went missing in two separate burglaries. The burglaries all reportedly occurred in a spree that lasted over the last several weeks. Although police indicated they expect the burglaries will have ended with this man's arrest, they also urge people to lock their doors and to take other precautionary measures.

People who are accused of criminal offenses have multiple constitutional rights in relation to their charges. When someone is arrested, he or she has the right to remain silent and to request an attorney. When such a request is made, law enforcement officers must stop questioning the person immediately and make no further attempts to elicit incriminating information from him or her. A charged person also has a right to assert a strong criminal defense against the allegations against him or her. The prosecution must prove the allegations against a person beyond a reasonable doubt for the person to be found guilty at trial. People facing multiple felony charges may benefit by seeking the help of a criminal defense attorney.

Source: CBS SF Bay Area, "San Jose police arrest alleged serial burglar", December 12, 2014

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