Burglar Arrested After Trying To Enter a Granite Bay Home

An El Dorado Hills man was arrested yesterday afternoon after he tried to break into a Granite Bay home that was occupied by a 14-year-old girl.

Placer County Sheriff's deputies found Mitchell Paul Leahy, 34, hiding in the home's backyard after the girl called her mother and told her a man was trying to enter their residence on Barton Road.

Deputies rushed to the home after the girl's mother called 911 at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday to report that her daughter was at home alone and a man had knocked on the front door. The girl did not answer the door, and a short time later she saw him attempting to force open a rear sliding door. The approaching sirens apparently scared Leahy, who ran and hid in the backyard. A crow bar, which he had used as a pry tool on the door, was also found in the yard.

Leahy originally gave deputies his brother's name, but eventually revealed his true identity. He was recently released on bail for burglary in Sacramento County. Inside his nearby truck, deputies found a loaded firearm, narcotics, stolen property, a fraudulent passport, and identity information belonging to others. He was booked at the Placer County Jail in Auburn on charges of burglary, receiving stolen property, identity theft, committing a crime while on bail, possessing a firearm in the commission of a felony and giving false ID to deputies.

Leahy's bail was enhanced to $175,000 and he remains in custody.

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