Meridian police arrest 3 teenagers in string of early morning burglaries

Meridian police have arrested three 17-year-old boys in a series of crimes believed to be related, according to Meridian Police Department.

Early Tuesday, police responded to an attempted robbery report in the parking lot of the Walmart located at 4051 E. Fairview Ave., where a 59-year-old woman told officers her car windows were smashed in by two males. The woman said around 3:20 a.m., the suspects approached her car, and one of them shattered the window with a baseball bat. They demanded “everything in her possession,” police said, but the victim was able to drive away without handing over any items.

The woman said the suspects were about 5 feet 8 inches tall, wearing hoodies and something to cover their faces. She told police there may have been a third suspect driving a light-colored SUV.

At 3:30 a.m., police responded to a burglary alarm at Ultra Touch Car Wash, 835 E. Fairview, where a cash register and several other items were missing.

Finally, around 5:30 a.m., the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office found a gold Buick RVD possibly matching the attempted robbery victim’s vehicle description. The Buick was left at the scene of a possible burglary, which was interrupted by the homeowner. The suspects fled the home, leaving the vehicle behind. Items from the car wash burglary were found in the Buick.

Police were able to track down the teenagers after a citizen picked the trio up in the area where the Buick was found. The boys told the citizen they had run out of gas and needed a ride. They had the citizen drop them off at an address that matched the registration for the Buick’s owner.

The teenagers were arrested in the 200 block of North Gateway Street in Nampa, police said. Officers recovered clothing used in the early morning crimes.

All three, who have not been identified, were booked into Canyon County Juvenile Detention Center on charges of attempted armed robbery, burglary and felony malicious injury to property.