Three juveniles arrested in rash of break-ins

By Cory Stark – bio |email

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (FOX19) - Three teenage boys have been arrested, linked to a rash of car break-ins in Hamilton Township.

Now police are working to get the loot back into the hands of its rightful owners.

Hamilton Township police have collected  Ipods, digital cameras, GPS units, and stereo equipment, all belonging to several dozen Hamilton township residents.

Hamilton Township Police Detective Jeff Braley said, "Around August 18 and 19 they hit about 30 to 50 cars just in those two nights, so that's when we started getting flooded with reports and realized how big of a problem it was."

Police say three teenage boys stole the items with ease.

"The cars have been unlocked, the items have been in plain view and garage doors have been up," said Detective Braley. "So it was a crime of opportunity. They basically said I like it, I want it, I am going to take it."

Braley says the teenagers had a system. Two of the younger juveniles ages 13 and 14 stole the items while the 17 year old sold the items on Craigslist. Many of the items sold have not been recovered.

Two of the boys are in custody at the Warren County Juvenile Detention Center. Police have warrants to pick up the third boy from out of state.

Between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., theft victims will have a chance to identify their stolen items at the Hamilton Township Police Department. However, owners won't be able to claim items until the case against the three boys is closed.