As of Wednesday, March 23, 2016
MONMOUTH — A Monmouth juvenile has been referred to the juvenile department for initiating a false report after Monmouth Police and officers from other agencies, including a canine team, were unable to find evidence to support his claim that he had confronted a burglar.
At about 3:20 p.m. on March 16, officers were dispatched to a burglary in progress in the 1600 block of Berkeley Lane East.
The homeowner said his 16-year-old son, who was home alone, called him and told him that he had just confronted an unknown adult man in their home.
The son also reported that he had fired one round from a gun at the burglar when he confronted him. The son said the suspect ran out the back door of the house, into an alley and jumped over a fence leading to an open field.
Officers and multiple other law enforcement agencies searched the area, along with a canine track.
The result of the canine track and search were unsuccessful. Officers did not locate a suspect, and the canine was unable to pick up a scent at the scene.
A neighborhood canvass was completed, as well as further scene processing, all with negative results.
Officers found no evidence to corroborate the statements of the son. The investigation revealed that a suspect was never actually seen by the son.
The youth was referred to the juvenile department for initiating a false report.