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Teens arrested after rash of vehicle break-ins

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ROCHELLE B. BIRKELO
July 3, 2010
— Three teens were taken into custody early Friday morning in conjunction with a rash of car break-ins on the city’s west and south sides.

The boys, all younger than 17 and from Janesville, are in police custody, said Sgt. Aaron Ellis.


Taken were GPS units, cell phones, digital cameras and loose change, he said.


Police are recording serial numbers of the items taken and attempting to reach theft victims.


Police caught the teens after discovering a parked car at the corner of North Marion Avenue and Woodruff Boulevard. While investigating, they received a report of suspicious activity in the 1000 block of North Grant Avenue.


“Initially we thought this may have been a victim vehicle because it was parked with one wheel on the terrace, a door was ajar and the dome light was on,’’ Ellis said.


But when police peered through the vehicle’s windows, they saw six GPS units on the floorboard of the back seat, he said.


While staking out the car, police received another report of subjects running through a neighborhood near North Grant Street. Minutes later the suspects returned to their vehicle, where they were arrested.


Friday morning was the third consecutive day police had received reports of vehicle break-ins, Ellis said.


“There’s a good possibility as we start to figure out owners (of items stolen) that these might be the same kids,’’ he said.


Police know someone in the 2200 block of South Jackson Street owned one of the GPS units stolen because that was the home address programmed into it, Ellis said.


In addition to being arrested on multiple charges of theft, the teens also were arrested on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, Ellis said.



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