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The search for a runaway Elizabethtown girl late last week became a gateway to solving the “majority” of recent vehicle break-ins in several Elizabethtown neighborhoods, police said.
Elizabethtown police found a 17-year-old girl Friday who had been reported missing for a few days. The investigating officer also was working some of the break-ins and spotted a computer that was reported missing, according to police.
That led police to interview one boy who led officers to the others, EPD spokesman Virgil Willoughby said. EPD issued citations to the three boys — one 16 years of age and two who were 17 — and charging them in connection with what Willoughby described as the “majority” of break-ins over the last few weeks.
“(They are responsible for) most of them, but we can’t say all of them,” Willoughby added.
The boys are charged with theft from a motor vehicle, a Class A misdemeanor. If any of the stolen items are worth more than $500, the charge would be enhanced to a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in jail.
Willoughby said there have been a few break-ins since the boys were charged.
“But it has been nothing like having 24 over about five days,” he said.
Just one of those 24 break-ins involved forced entry, Willoughby said. Among items stolen from unlocked vehicles were credit cards and electronic items, such as GPS systems and iPads.
Police warn owners not to leave valuables in their vehicles and to keep automobiles locked as a way to ward off potential theft.
Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at (270) 505-1757 or firstname.lastname@example.org.