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Three teens are charged in Williamsport burglary spree

August 18, 2005|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

WILLIAMSPORT

andrews@herald-mail.com

A Williamsport-area burglary spree, in which more than $10,000 worth of items were stolen this month from unlocked vehicles, has been cracked, the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Three teenagers - two boys and a girl - have been charged, Investigator Greg Alton said Wednesday.

Alton said two laptop computers, worth about $3,000 combined, were among the stolen items.

Police also recovered stolen car stereo equipment, purses and wallets, DVD players, walkie-talkie radios and sunglasses.

Police received reports of break-ins to 16 vehicles from Aug. 8 to Saturday. All were concentrated around Sterling Road and Van Lear Drive, north of Williamsport, and all happened between midnight and 3 a.m.

Alton said a 16-year-old boy who lives near Williamsport and a 17-year-old boy who lives in the Smithsburg area stole items from the vehicles.

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A 17-year-old girl did not take part in the thefts, but she knew about them and helped the boys give away or get rid of items, Alton said.

She helped put the two laptops in a car belonging to someone they knew, and she took two stolen bags and discarded them near railroad tracks, Alton said.

The girl - whose permanent address is in Orlando, Fla., but is staying with relatives in Hagerstown - is dating the 16-year-old boy, Alton said. Those teens are friends with the 17-year-old boy, he said.

Police did not identify the teenagers because they are being charged as juveniles.

Alton said all three are facing several charges of felony and misdemeanor theft and conspiracy.

"I think that we got the players," he said.

Alton said police found out about 16 vehicle break-ins in the neighborhood, but there might have been others.

In a few cases, vehicle owners didn't know they were victims until police told them about items that were recovered, Alton said.

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