A woman was caught burglarizing a home on Sunnyhill Lane, Redding early Monday morning by a startled homeowner.

Officers were dispatched to a call of a burglary in progress at about 4:30 am on July 10, 2017.  A woman who identified herself as the homeowner of a house in the 4800 block of Sunnyhill Ln reported that she was detaining a woman whom she found inside her residence.  Officers arrived within moments and quickly handcuffed the suspect.

The homeowner said she received a call from a tenant who rents a room on her property.  The tenant said a stranger was walking around in the attached garage.  The homeowner looked out onto her back porch to see the female suspect leaving her garage carrying a backpack.  She verbally ordered the suspect to stop.  The suspect tried to walk away, but she grabbed ahold of the suspect’s arm and yelled for assistance from her husband.  The couple detained the suspect until police arrived to investigate.

The investigation revealed that suspect Ruby Ileen Williams, age 30, of Redding, was inside the house for at least a couple of hours.  Her backpack contained items of clothing, food, and a cell phone that had been taken from multiple rooms in the large house.  She had changed out of the clothes she had been originally wearing when she entered the house.  She donned the stolen clothes and shoes that she stole from the house, including a “Bart Simpson” T-shirt.  A handwritten note was found in a teenage daughter’s bedroom.  The note was an apology for having to steal the teenager’s cell phone.  She signed the note with her real first name.  The teenager was sleeping in the bedroom at the time.

The suspect displayed erratic behavior while speaking to the police about what happened.  She said the house was unlocked, so she decided to collect various items that she wanted.  She said she did not know the people who lived in the house.  She said she acted alone.

The suspect who was captured after burglarizing the home in the 4800 block of Sunnyhill Lane, Ruby Williams, was arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail.  Williams was charged with first-degree burglary, prowling, and possession of stolen property related to this event.  Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Redding Police Department.