Redding Police get lucky with a fingerprint and arrest a man in connection with a home burglary.
The burglary happened December 1st, at a home in the 500 block of Loma Vista Drive. The reporting party, 53-year old Vanessa Denise Bowser of Redding, told the officer she was checking on her elderly mother's residence while she was away, when she saw a door at the rear of the residence had been forcibly entered. The home had been ransacked. An estimated $4,000. worth of jewelry, a small caliber handgun, and a stereo amplifier were among the items taken from the residence.
The stereo amplifier was taken from an older Ford Mustang that was parked in the attached garage. The suspect used a pry tool to remove the vehicle's trunk lock.
The officer was able to lift a latent fingerprint from the exterior of the parked vehicle and Crime Scene Technicians from the Redding Police Department and the Shasta County Sheriff's Office matched the fingerprint to 37-year old Neil Seaton Serratos of Shasta Lake.
Serratos is currently on felony probation for Grand Theft.
The stolen property has not been recovered.