SIOUX CITY | A Sioux City teenager charged in connection with a series of burglaries in Sioux City's Leeds neighborhood has pleaded not guilty.

Henry Deleon, 17, entered his written plea Wednesday in Woodbury County District Court to two counts of second-degree burglary and single counts of first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary and second-degree theft.

His attorney, Gretchen Cooper, has filed a motion to have his case transferred to juvenile court.

Deleon is one of three teens charged in connection with an Aug. 3 burglary at a home in the 4500 block of Perry Way. The homeowner confronted two intruders and fought with one of them before the suspects fled the house. A vehicle used in the burglary was located a short distance away, and stolen items were found in the grass next to it.

During the investigation, police linked Deleon, Jeremy Mahaney and Joseph Tapia to other burglaries in the Leeds neighborhood.

Mahaney, 19, and Tapia, 18, both of Sioux City, have pleaded not guilty to burglary and theft charges.

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