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Police Arrest Teens in Three Month Burglary Spree

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by Marcus Washington

WHITE HOUSE, Tenn. -  For nearly three months an alleged group of crooks,  barely old enough drive, were able to fly under the radar as they stole thousands of dollars in items from more than 50 cars. Now they are facing charges.

Lined on a long table inside the White House Police Department are some of the items taken during that crime spree. It all came to an end early Saturday morning.

"A citizen noticed a juvenile on a bike looking suspicious, called in and we were able to make contact with the juvenile and it just rolled from there," said White House Police Chief Patrick Brady.

Police say the teen started telling everything about how he and four others, including 18-year-old Richard Oeser, were doing what they called "car hopping"

"They would go to every single car on the street and whichever car that were able to get into that was unlocked, they would take whatever they could grab," said the police chief.

Police say these guys took everything they could get their hands on inside cars-- even using what they stole to commit more crimes.

"They were traveling 4 to 5 miles a night on their bikes," said Brady.

What police say was the most dangerous about this crime, is when they stole a 9mm hand gun and two loaded magazines.

"You know they have never been properly trained on how to handle a weapon. They could have accidentally shot themselves or their friends. You know kids that age think they are invincible," said Brady.

The chief says investigators believe they know exactly what these guys were going for when they stole from more than 50 cars.

"We got over an ounce of marijuana from them, so we believe a lot of the stuff was going to be sold so they could get more money to buy drugs," he said.

He says it's a reminder to always lock your car doors-- even in what you think is the safety of your home.

"If you don't want to lock your cars, at least don't leave your valuables in there and become a victim," he said.

Police say all involved will face a number of charges dealing with burglary and theft.

Email: mwashington@newschannel5.com


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