November 20, 2014
Ventura County police arrested a 15-year-old recently for allegedly breaking into the Ventura High School cafeteria and stealing property belonging to the school. Police officers responded to a burglary alarm in the school's cafeteria at 12:45 a.m., according to Ventura County Star. The suspect was found outside the cafeteria near an open window when police arrived.
The teen was detained and reportedly admitted to forcibly opening the cafeteria window and entering the building with the intent to steal. The teen received a 459 PC-Commercial Burglary citation before he was released to his parents.
Commercial burglary essentially involves physically entering a building with the intent to steal and then stealing. But there is no minimum value of items stolen for the crime to occur.
As a teenager older than 14 years of age, a juvenile may be charged as an adult and face harsher penalties if convicted. Depending on the severity of the crime, a commercial burglary citation may result in probation, mandatory community service, providing restitution to the victims and a criminal record.
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