Detectives took a 12-year-old into custody Thursday after questioning him about a Marcrest area burglary that night. He was referred to juvenile authorities.

The boy will be questioned about five similar burglaries committed in the past four weeks, a police spokesman said.Police reports on the cases list forced entry and the theft of small items such as watches, loose change and costume jewelry. More valuable and bulkier items were left behind. Police estimate the total value of items taken in the six cases at $300.

Breaking and entering, when committed by an adult, is a second-degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for each conviction. Punishments for juveniles vary.

The boy taken into custody lives in the same north Provo area where the crimes were committed.