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Orem teen busted after homework left at scene of crime

Published May 14, 2012 10:46 am

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An Orem teen is likely kicking himself for doing his homework and then allegedly leaving it at the scene of a crime.

Orem police said they were called early Saturday morning to a home near 900 South and 50 East by a homeowner who woke to find a prowler in his home. When the 75-year-old resident went to investigate, he stumbled upon the 18-year-old rifling through his desk. The teen then punched the resident in the face and fled, police said.

As officers were searching for the teen, they found a backpack that had been abandoned in the victim's backyard. Inside the backpack, police said they found a USB drive. And on that USB drive was some homework with the teen's name on it, police said.

Officers said they went to the teen's home and found him asleep on the couch along with some property taken from the home. He was arrested on suspicion of burglary, theft, assault, illegal consumption and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

The homeowner wasn't seriously injured. Police said the teen gained entry to the home by climbing in an unlocked window.

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