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Young home intruder caught red handed after falling asleep in the house next to the homeowner

By Mason White 6:32 AM January 15, 2014
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By: John Roberts
(Scroll down for video) A home intruder was caught red-handed after he fell asleep while burglarizing a home, according to police reports in California.

Santa Ana Police said that a local man has been charged with theft after allegedly stealing cellphones and a PlayStation console from a house where he fell asleep next to the owners.

Ruben Diego Ortega, 20, was arrested and booked into jail after a homeowner reported finding him in the house about 8:00 a.m. on Saturday.

The victim was in his room sleeping with his wife when he felt something touch his leg, according to a statement issued by the Police Department of Santa Ana. He said that he got up and saw Ortega sleeping at the foot of his bed.

The man chased the suspect out of the house. A few hours later, the victim realized that some of his property was missing.

He went to Ortega’s apartment, which is located in the 1200 block of West Highland Street, confronted him and recovered the property.

After calling the police to report the crime, the man led the officers to Ortega.

The suspect admitted to crawling into the home and falling asleep in the house.

His bail was set at $50,000.