Boys suspected of burglarizing homes

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The Hayden Police Department has identified three juvenile suspects for two recent burglaries of residences in Hayden.

Three boys, ages 12 to 15, all of Hayden, are suspects in burglaries that took place late last week, Hayden Police Chief Jody Lenahan said.

One boy has confessed to being a "lookout" in the burglaries, and police have talked with a second boy. The boys, whose names cannot be released because they are juveniles, have not yet been issued summons, Lenahan said.

The first burglary was reported at 4:52 p.m. July 7 in the 500 block of East Washington Avenue. A $300 camera and a credit card were taken from the home, Lenahan said.

The perpetrator took out a screen and entered the home to take the items, he said.

Then at 3:32 p.m. July 8, a second burglary was reported. This time, a credit card was taken from a home in Meadow Village. Lenahan did not know how that home was entered.

The two burglaries are connected, said the boy who confessed, Lenahan said.

Burglaries are "rare" in Hayden, Lenahan he added.

Lenahan said at least one of the stolen credit cards was canceled before it could be used by the burglars.

He encouraged people to "lock their doors when they're gone and watch for people around (their) neighbors' houses."

In this case, a neighbor observed the three juveniles around one of the homes that was burglarized and provided that information to police, Lenahan said.

In the case of these two burglaries, juveniles would be charged with juvenile delinquency, Lenahan said. He said he hopes to give out summons by Thursday. Those summonses would require the juveniles to appear in court, but would allow them to be released to their parents while waiting to appear before a judge.

-- To reach Susan Cunningham, call 871-4203 or e-mail scunningham@steamboatpilot.com

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