Arrested Teen Burglar Sought Internet Passwords
17-Year-Old Demanded Passwords at Two Homes
Teens and their internet use, right? Texting, games, Snapchat, Spotify. All that uses a lot of data and teens always seem to need more. One teen in the heart of Silicon Valley wanted more data so badly that he was reportedly willing to steal it.
Police arrested a 17-year-old in Palo Alto for allegedly trespassing at two homes and demanding internet passwords from the startled residents.
The teen, whose identity has not been released, faces charges for a number of crimes he is accused of committing in his quest for a new wi-fi connection, according to USAToday.
Suspect Told Residents He’d Run Out of Data
The first incident occurred sometime between late Saturday night and early Sunday morning. The arrested teen is suspected of standing outside of a Palo Alto home and demanding the residents’ give him their internet password.
When they refused, he is said to have left on a bicycle. As he rode away, he explained to the residents that he wanted to use their internet because he’d run out of data. A surveillance video shows that the suspect stole the bicycle before he asked the residents for their Wi-Fi password. The residents did not realize he had stolen their bicycle until they noticed it missing the following morning.
Second Couple Also Refused to Yield Their Password
A little while later, shortly after midnight on Sunday, the suspect entered the bedroom of a nearby home and woke up sleeping occupants. He also asked this couple for their internet password. The male resident, a man in his 60s, became angry according to an account in the San Francisco Chronicle.
He got out of bed and shoved the teen out of the bedroom. He then “pushed him down the hallway and out the front door of the house before calling police,” the police statement reported in the media states.
Police investigating the incident conclude that the suspect entered the home through an open window after first cutting a hole in the window screen.
No one was hurt but it might have been otherwise. If the home had been equipped with Deep Sentinel’s powerful AI-enhanced home security system, our 24-hour security staff would have questioned the teen through a speaker camera. He probably would have fled without entering the home.
Suspect Held at Juvenile Hall
Police caught the suspect about a block away from the second home. They arrested him without incident. No injuries were reported.
The Wi-Fi password seeker is charged with residential burglary, prowling and providing false information to an officer (police say he tried to give them a fake identity). He is being held in the Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall.
“I survived the first four decades of my life without any data at all,” quipped one of many commenters to a media article about the incident.