California teen breaks into house, wakes up owners, demands WiFi access: cops


A 17-year-old in Palo Alto was arrested after police say he broke into a home and demanded a couple give him their WiFi password.

The teen, who was not named, entered the house by cutting through a window screen on Saturday night, according to KRON. The suspect then covered his face with some sort of garment and woke up the couple to ask for their WiFi password.

The husband did not give him the password, ushered the teen outside, and called police. The teen was arrested nearby.

About an hour earlier, a woman in the neighborhood says she confronted the teen after spotting him in her side yard, reports the Sacramento Bee. He also asked her for her WiFi password, saying he needed it because he had run out of data.

The woman did not give him the password and he rode away on a bike that the woman realized the next day was hers. She also told police two kitchen knives were missing from her home.

The teen has been charged with petty theft, residential burglary, prowling, and providing false information to an officer.