West Ada

Teens accused of weekend car thefts in Star under scrutiny for others

Two boys have admitted breaking into 10 to 15 cars in the Star area Sunday morning — and as many as two dozen cars in Eagle earlier this spring, according to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office.

The boys’ names were not released because they are minors, 16 and 17.

The pair were taken into custody after a 3 a.m. report from a resident about a possible burglary in progress in a neighborhood just north of the Can Ada Road and State Street intersection.

The man told authorities that he first saw three people standing by his car and then witnessed them open the doors of other cars nearby. He went to confront them, and one of them dropped a backpack.

A responding deputy saw two boys walking less than a half mile away on North Paddington Way. The boys initially ran when they saw the deputy drive up, the sheriff’s office said, but they stopped after a deputy gave chase and ordered them to stop.

The backpack that was recovered contained gloves, phone chargers, change, sunglasses, food, and cigarettes — all items stolen from cars nearby. Nine residents of the neighborhood reported car thefts.

After they were interviewed by detectives, the boys were released to their parents. They are expected to be charged after prosecutors review the case.

The sheriff’s office encourages residents to lock car doors to deter theft. They point to numerous previous cases of “jockeyboxing,” which is when would-be thieves walk through neighborhoods trying car doors to see if they are locked. They’ll take anything of value in unlocked cars.

Less than a week ago, the sheriff’s office warned the public about thefts from cars in the neighborhood south of Floating Feather and Star roads.