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The case of the telltale wire cutters

Good judgment does not always accompany criminal ambition and it appears that a 16-year old student at Sonoma Valley High School was not thinking about appearances as he wandered around campus with a pair of wire cutters in his pocket. It was Tuesday, Sept. 3, at around 12:45 p.m., when the school resource officer noticed the wire cutters in the student’s pocket and stopped him to chat. The observant officer also noticed the odor of alcohol emanating from the young man, and when he conducted a preliminary alcohol screening (PAS), it revealed the teen registered a .076.

During a search, the officer found a set of pliers in the teen’s possession, and an examination of the contents of the young man’s backpack turned up a tiny, round, white-plastic disc of the sort commonly found as part of the anti-theft devices that department stores use on clothing items. The officer also uncovered three new men’s shirts that personnel at McCaulou’s department store recognized as having been stolen. Also in the backpack was a computer flash drive that had been stolen from an economics class at the school. The shirts were valued at $125.

The Agua Caliente resident was charged with felony burglary, felony possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, minor in possession of alcohol and consumption of alcohol by a minor. He was charged and booked into juvenile hall.

In other incidents reported recently to Valley law enforcement:

<strong>Friday, Aug. 9:</strong>


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