17-Year-Old Sentenced to 7 Years for Burglary
Press release from the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office:
On January 9, 2018 Superior Court Judge Feeney sentenced 17-year-old Matthew Snider to 7 years in a Juvenile Justice facility for the crime of residential burglary (Penal Code §459 – 460(a)) while in possession of a firearm (Penal Code §12022(a)(1)). Judge Feeney determined Snider’s sentence because Judge Hinrichs concluded that Snider should be tried as an adult following a hearing in June 2017.
The conviction stems from Snider’s actions in November 2016. On November 20, Eureka Police Officer Bise responded to a burglary call in the 1500 block of L Street in Eureka and found the residence ransacked. Security footage showed four subjects approaching the residence. Subsequent investigation revealed one subject entered the residence through a bathroom skylight. Multiple personal items were stolen during the burglary, including jewelry.
On November 26, Eureka Police Officer Southwell responded to a burglary alarm at the same address. Officer Southwell received back-up from additional officers from the Eureka Police Department and a K9 (police dog) Unit from the Fortuna Police Department. The K9 found Snider hiding in a dryer. Snider was wearing jewelry stolen from the residence on November 20. Officers observed a pile of personal belongings stacked by the front door of the residence; the security alarm had been ripped off the wall and disconnected. Access to the residence had been gained by breaking a sliding glass door.
Later inspection of surveillance footage revealed Snider exiting the driver’s seat of a vehicle parked in the driveway, then walking to the back of the residence holding a firearm at his side. The homeowner later located the loaded firearm that Snider brought into the residence under some clothes in a laundry basket.
Earlier Chapter: Juvenile Burglar Caught Hiding in Dryer