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More charges against alleged teen burglars

Published August 25. 2010 05:00PM

Two teenagers accused of going on a burglary spree in Lehighton and surrounding townships have been allegedly connected to six more break-ins.

Lehighton borough police said as part of a continuing investigation of the recent home burglaries, additional charges were filed against the two males ages 14 and 16.

The charges range from burglary to receiving stolen property.

Lehighton police said in a release, "A total of six more unrelated burglaries and thefts have been cleared by the Lehighton Borough Police Department. More arrests are possible in the near future."

The names of the teens were not released because they are under age 18.

Sergeant Joseph Lawrence of the Lehighton Police Department said, "Because community involvement played a key role in solving these crimes, the police department would also like to remind people of the following:"

• To lock the doors of their homes, garages, and vehicles.

• To report any and all incidents.

• To call when an incident or suspicious activity is occurring.

On Aug. 6, police apprehended three teenagers, ages 13, 14, and 16, and charged them with being involved in a burglary spree. Reportedly the two older teens were breaking into homes in Lehighton, and garages and sheds in Mahoning Township and Franklin Township.

At the time of the arrest, the older teens were allegedly tied to four residential burglaries in Lehighton. The six additional tie-ins brings the total to 10 of the number of homes affected in Lehighton.

The teens are also suspected of doing vandalism to the Lehighton Municipal Swimming Pool.

Earlier this week, two Mahoning Township police officers were praised for involvement in breaking up the burglary ring. They are Officers Tyler Meek and Elliot Miller.

Police agree that it was the intermunicipal cooperation that resulted in the successful tie-in of all the incidents.

The break in the investigation came at about 3:35 p.m. on Aug. 5 when a Mahoning Township property owner said a bike had been locked in a trailer, but was stolen when the thief used bolt cutters to cut the lock.

Lawrence noted that a resident supplied his department with information that led to a home in the 300 block of North Second Street. There, the 14-year-old admitted his role and the investigation continued to the 16-year-old who lives in the same block. The bike was recovered at the home of the older teen.

The combination of the willingness of citizens becoming involved and good investigative work by police is credited with unraveling the burglary ring.

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