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Neighbor detains teens after vehicle break-in, 3 arrested

Three juveniles were arrested early Wednesday morning after a witness’ husband detained them in the middle of the street following an alleged vehicle break-in, according to a press release from the Citrus Heights Police Department.

Police Lights, SUV. Photo credit: Luke Otterstad
Stock photo, Citrus Heights Sentinel.

Police say the incident occurred around  2 a.m. on the 7300 block of Parkvale Way, where a neighbor observed the teens breaking into a vehicle. Officers found and arrested the suspects on Blackthorn Way and Tupelo Drive, where the witnesses’ husband had caught them.

Stolen electronics from the vehicle were discovered on one of the suspects, and the other two had property which police say appeared to be stolen — although ownership is still being investigated. Police say the witness was able to identify the suspects, who range in age from 15 to 17 years old.

The teens were arrested for possession of stolen property, conspiracy and possession of burglary tools.

The press release, sent by Sergeant Eric Dias, reminded owners to not leave valuables in their vehicles — especially in plain view.

Editor’s note: additional updates on story covered in article “Police: neighbor utilized gun to detain theft suspects; say tactic ‘not encouraged’

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