A blood trail outside a broken Berea campus building window led police to a thief who had attempted to pass off his injuries as a result of phantom attackers.

A 17-year-old male juvenile walked into Saint Joseph Berea on July 14 with severe cuts to his arm, according to Capt. Ken Clark of the Berea Police Department. The juvenile told hospital officials he had been attacked at Berea Community Park by two unknown assailants while on a walking trail in the area.

“He said that two males had jumped him and officers were sent out to investigate the assault,” Clark said.

At the same time, other officers were called to Hutchins Library at 200 Campus Drive on a report of a burglary. At the scene, officers discovered someone had made entrance into the library through a broken window and had stolen three laptop computers valued at $3,000. Officers also found broken glass surrounded by large pools of blood where the thief had entered and exited the library.

It did not take long for officers to surmise the youth was in fact the perpetrator, Clark said, and a warrant was obtained for his home where police found the stolen computers.

The juvenile, who had by that time been transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center because of the severity of his injuries, was then arrested on charges of burglary in the third degree, Clark said. The juvenile also will face charges of falsely reporting an incident because of his fabricated tale about the “assault” that never occurred.

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