The sixth-grader, Branden Jones, was home sick from school on Wednesday when he heard a knock at the door. He ran to his room to hide because he thought the stranger looked suspicious, and then heard her enter the house near Santa Rosa. But when he saw her leave carrying his laptop, he jotted down the license plate of the car she was driving and called 911.
The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa reports deputies ran the plate number and found it belonged to 41-year-old Karen Holman of Santa Rosa, who pleaded guilty to burglary in 2009.
A deputy spotted the car later that day and arrested Holman on suspicion of burglary and receipt of stolen property. She is being held at the Sonoma County Jail in lieu of $40,000 bail.