Teen arrested in post office burglary

Teenager arrested in post office burglary

TEHACHAPI, Calif. - A teenager has been booked into the Kern County Juvenile Hall on felony charges related to a burglary of the Tehachapi Post Office. 

Police Chief Jeff Kermode said they  have been working with the Postal Inspector since the burglary was reported this past Tuesday. 

Kermode said that there were several parcel boxes that had been foreced open, though the regular boxes hadn't been tampered with.

At about 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, a Tehachapi police officer said they saw someone in an alley that resembled someone they were searching for.

Kermode said that the teen had been reported as a runaway and was on probation for a prior arrest. 

When the teen was arrested, Kermode said the teen was discovered to be in possession of a substance believed to be methamphetamine.

The teenager was arrested on narcotics charges and was interviewed by police and the Postal Inspector.  They were able to confirm his participation in the Post Office burglary.  The teen had become a person of interest due to a surveillance camera capturing him on video and an officer recognizing who the teen is. 

The 16-year-old was arrested on narcotics charges, and additional charges related to the Post Office burglary and second degree burglary are pending, Kermode said.

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