Attentive deputies locate burglar who made himself comfortable while homeowner was away

Courtesy: Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office

Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office responded to a home in the 8000 block of County Road A-12 when a homeowner reported she was burglarized while she was away.

Deputies Joe Lensing and Body Ruddell responded to the scene and found items of clothing and a .22 caliber rifle, which they later located in another room, were missing.

They found that the burglar had eaten food and turned on the television while in the home.

Also found in the home was a note written by the burglar, indicating he may harm himself.

During the investigation, Deputy Ruddell realized a pedestrian he saw while on his way to the scene was wearing clothes possibly matching the ones stolen from the resident.

The deputy also remembered the pedestrian was only wearing socks, but no shoes. There were a pair of shoes at the residency that did not belong to the homeowner.

Deputy Ruddell left and located the suspect, 27-year-old Steven A. Workman, and confirmed he was wearing the stolen clothes.

Investigators determined Workman likely entered the home while the resident was still there Thursday morning before she left for the day. Workman was cooperative and admitted that he burglarized the home, ate some food, watched television and took a shower.

He claimed that he consumed some “laced weed” (marijuana) the night before burglarizing the home.

The investigation further revealed the suspect had an extensive criminal record for a variety of crimes and he is currently a registered sex offender.

According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, Workman was booked at the Siskiyou County Jail in Yreka and will be arraigned within 48-hours. Based on the note he left in the home, Mr. Workman will receive assistance from Siskiyou County Behavioral Health Services .

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