A 14-year-old girl was instrumental in catching a man attempting to burglarize her home Oct. 23.
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Placer County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Granite Bay home on Barton Road after the girl called her mother and told her a man was trying to break in, a press release stated.
The mother called 911 at 4:30 p.m. She reported that the man knocked on the front door and her daughter was home alone. The girl did not answer. A short time later, she saw the man attempting to open the back sliding door of the house. Approaching sirens scared the man away, however, and he hid in the backyard.
Deputies found Mitchell Paul Leahy, 34, of El Dorado Hills, still hiding there. A crowbar, what he used to try to force the door open, was also found.
Although he originally gave his brother’s name as his own to deputies, Leahy eventually revealed his true identity. He tried to obscure his identity due to having recently been released on bail for alleged burglary in Sacramento County.
Deputies searched his truck, nearby, and found “a loaded firearm, narcotics, stolen property, a fraudulent passport and identity information belonging to others,” the press release stated.
He was booked into the Placer County Jail in Auburn on suspicion of burglary, receiving stolen property, identity theft, committing a crime while on bail, possessing a firearm in the commission of a felony and giving false ID to deputies. His bail was enhanced to $175,000 and he remains in custody.