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Teens arrested after cell phone store break-in

Bryan Humphrey, Hamilton County Jail. Bryan Humphrey, Hamilton County Jail.
NORWOOD, OH (FOX19) -

Police across Hamilton County are investigating a recent string of cell phone store break-ins.

A group of teenagers were caught this week outside a Norwood store police say they suspect was about to become the next crime scene.

Brittany Lynn, 18, and Bryan Humphrey, 18, were caught with large rocks the size of baseballs in their pockets as they tried to run away from officers outside a Verizon Wireless store on Montgomery Road about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, said Lt. Ron Murphy.

They were charged with possession of criminal tools.

“There's no doubt in my mind they were getting ready,” said Mt. Murphy. “Probably had just pulled into the lot with their lights out to smash the window, the door window, then enter the store.”

The driver of their vehicle, a 17-year-old male, was found with several stolen cell phones. Earlier in the night, a cell phone store was burglarized in Colerain Township.

He was charged with receiving stolen property, failure to comply with police and obstruction of official business.

Police took them into custody after spotting a car without its lights on in the parking lot. When the driver sped off, an officer tried to pull it over, but he refused to stop.

A pursuit ensued north on Montgomery Road, spanning several blocks and through Trinity Pentecostal Church parking lot, before it ended on Beech Street.

The driver ran off but was taken into custody at Waterworks Park after a foot chase.

The two 18-year-olds were arrested at the vehicle. A juvenile passenger was taken into custody on open warrants.

So far, the teens have not been charged with breaking into the Colerain Township store. But an investigation continues.

The manager of that business, Simple Mobile Solutions, said the store has been broken into several times this year.

“Since July, I would say this is the third or fourth time,” Alla Badawi said. “This was more aggressive. The first time it was about one or two of them, this time it was about four times.”

Cell phone store break-ins also have been reported in recent weeks in North College Hill and Warren County.

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