Teens face 43 charges after more than a dozen car break-ins

September 24, 2013 

A pair of 15-year-old boys responsible for a string of car burglaries and vandalism in the Hazelwood subdivision have been arrested, according to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office.

The teens broke into more than a dozen cars in late July and early August, Ada County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Patrick Orr said. The suspects allegedly targeted unlocked cars in the neighborhood, stealing iPhone chargers, knives, money a backpack and more. The pair also admitted to stealing a guitar from an unlocked garage, Orr said.

Deputies said that the boys would walk through neighborhoods at night, checking for unlocked cars. One of the suspects would then act as a lookout while the other went through the car, Orr said.

The teens are also being charged with vandalism after deputies say they threw rocks through the windows of several houses under construction and damaged metal grates on top of Lake Hazel Middle School.

Each of the suspects was charged with 43 crimes: 22 counts of burglary, two counts of attempted burglary, one count of grand theft, and 13 counts of petit theft. Both have cooperated with detectives, who began their investigation in early August, Orr said.

He said that many of the stolen items were recovered and returned to the victims.

Neither of the 15-year-olds have a criminal record. They have entered an Ada County Juvenile Court Services program that will require them to pay restitution to the victims, Orr said.

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