Three juveniles face multiple charges after being identified in a string of crimes, including stealing a golf cart from the Columbia Mall parking lot, Howard County police announced Friday.
The boys are accused of assault, robbery, burglary, reckless endangerment, motor vehicle theft and theft in what police called a “three-day crime spree.”
Two of the boys, 11 and 14 years old, have Columbia addresses. The other boy is a 15-year-old from Baltimore.
Because of their ages, names were not released by police.
Sherry Llewellyn, a police spokeswoman, said there is no information available about whether they have prior juvenile arrests or records.
The incidents occurred in Columbia from June 16 to June 19.
On June 16, a golf car was stolen from the Columbia Mall parking lot and an attempted theft took place at the county’s Central Library. At the library, as the suspects attempted to steal a purse, an employee was assaulted, according to police. There were no serious injuries reported, Llewellyn said.
On June 19, the glass front door of Alta Wilde Lake Apartments, in the 5400 block of Lynx Lane, was damaged during an attempt to enter the building’s lobby. There were no injuries reported. On the same day, an iPhone was stolen from the Verizon store in the Columbia Mall
When asked how the police address these types of crimes, Llewellyn said the department has “a robust community-policing program integrated throughout the agency.”
The department also has a Youth Section and Youth Liaison officer that coordinators program such as P.L.E.D.G.E, which stands for pride, leadership, education, diversity, gang resistance and evaluation. The officer also coordinates the Youth Advisory Council, the Community Athletic Program, the Summer Leadership Camp and more.