A Columbia teen, 17, has been charged in connection with a string of thefts from unlocked cars during the evening of Jan. 22 across a series of Clarksville neighborhoods, according to Howard County police.
Police said the teen has been charged with felony theft scheme, multiple counts of misdemeanor theft, rogue and vagabond in connection with the crime. Police did not release his name and said he has been released into the custody of his parents.
Police said the teen began staking out the community and used a stolen bike to ride through neighborhoods and steal from the vehicles, which were left unlocked.
Police said the teen stole money, jewelry, electronics and sunglasses.
Thefts from vehicles took place on the following streets: Pouring Glories Way, Mystic Ocean Lane, Hellman’s Way, Drum Taps Court, Perfect Calm Court, Gatekeeper Lane, Garden Walk, Golden Seeds Row, Few Star Courtand and Blue Point Court.
The investigation is ongoing, police said.
Police are also reminding residents to never leave their cars unlocked, and to never leave anything valuable in the car.