A Bridgeport juvenile was arrested for burglary after breaking into a home and leaving his shoes and backpack behind, according to police.
Police said the 69-year-old resident was home alone on the first floor of his house on Chamberlain Avenue when he heard a noise upstairs. The noise turned out to be a burglar, who went downstairs and ended up face-to-face with the resident.
The two struggled briefly and the burglar fled. In his rush to get away, the boy left behind one shoe and a backpack containing his cellphone and keys, according to police.
Authorities used the items to identify a suspect and track him down. The boy first tried to tell police he had been robbed and assaulted, but confessed when officers said they had his other shoe.
The youth was charged with home invasion, second-degree burglary, possession of a dangerous weapon and assault on an elderly person.