Teen arrested for allegedly breaking into Auburn’s police yard

Weimar 18-year-old suspected of taking marijuana, pipe
By: Jon Schultz, Journal Staff Writer
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An 18-year-old is in custody at Placer County Jail after he allegedly broke into the Auburn Police Department’s compound Saturday, taking a glass pipe and a prescription bottle containing marijuana from a trashcan, said Sgt. Dale Hutchins, Auburn Police Department detective.

It turns out he had been wanted for another alleged crime, as well.

Christian Joseph Andrew, of Weimar, faces two felony burglary counts, one for which he had an outstanding arrest warrant, and a misdemeanor trespassing charge. Andrew’s bail is set at $10,000 and he is scheduled to be in court at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday in Dept. 32. of the Placer County Superior Court.

Andrew allegedly scaled the rock wall, about 8 feet high, to the left of the sliding gate entrance on Lincoln Way in Auburn to access the fenced-in compound area, Hutchins said.

“Obviously there’s no common sense involved here. I’m not impressed with the person’s intelligence level to do that,” he said. “It’s not something that you see the average person do.”

Police responded to the call at 10:06 p.m. on Saturday and found Andrew on foot on Highway 49 underneath the Interstate 80 overpass and arrested him at 10:15 p.m., Hutchins said, identifying him from surveillance video and through questioning.

“We have a very tall fence, and it is rare that somebody climbs the fence to get into our compound,” he said, adding he knew of three other similar police compound break-ins outside of Auburn, one in Grass Valley, in the past two years. “No matter how tall you put the fence up, there’s going to be somebody who is either going to go over it or cut through it, if they really want to.

“Generally speaking there’s very little of value in that area.”

A juvenile, after being arrested, had discarded the items into the unsecured receptacle in the area where detainees are unloaded and brought into the station, Hutchins said.

The fact the pipe and drugs had been thrown away there is due to a mistake made by an officer, he said. At the time, it was not known the bottle contained anything in it, he added.

Asked whether Andrew had been told by the juvenile about the discarded items and purposefully went to retrieve them, Hutchins said he couldn’t comment due to the ongoing investigation.

A message left for Andrew’s attorney, James Shin of the Placer County Public Defender’s office, was not returned Thursday.


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