Teen burglar, out of data, woke up sleeping couple to ask for Wi-Fi access, police say
A teen broke into a home in California shortly after midnight last Saturday and woke a sleeping couple to ask if he could use their Wi-Fi network, authorities said.
The Palo Alto homeowner told police he got out of bed and shoved the 17-year-old suspect down the hallway and out the front door, then called 911.
The teen was arrested about a block away.
“The couple had been asleep in their bedroom when they were awakened by the unknown suspect speaking to them and asking to use their WiFi network,” Palo Alto police said in a statement.
“Officers determined the suspect had climbed into the home after cutting a screen covering an open window in the side yard,” police said. “The suspect’s motive for entering the home is unknown, but the victims reported that two kitchen knives were missing from a kitchen drawer.”
Police arrested the teen for residential burglary, prowling and providing false information to an officer. They did not release any information about him because he’s a minor.