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Three youths arrested, face breaking and entering charges

Howard County police have charged three juveniles with breaking and entering and theft, after a neighbor spotted them acting suspiciously behind a home in Oakland Mills, police said.

A 15-year-old Columbia youth and a 16-year-old Laurel youth were arrested and charged Tuesday, police said. They were sent to a juvenile detention center.

A 16-year-old Columbia youth also was charged, but was released to the custody of his parents, police said. The names of the youths are being withheld because they are juveniles.

Police were called to the home in the 6000 block of Camelback Lane on Tuesday morning after a 12-year-old who was home sick from school heard noises in the basement.

A neighbor told police she saw three youths enter the cellar of the home and leave a short time later by a rear footpath. A rear basement door was discovered open, and Nintendo and a hockey stick were missing, police said. Officers believe the burglars entered the house by breaking a basement window and left through a sliding glass door.

The three youths were arrested a short time later after police spotted them and matched them to a description provided by the neighbor. The neighbor later identified the three as the juveniles she saw outside the home.

Officers recovered Nintendo equipment from the backpack of one suspect. The hockey stick was found on a footpath near the home.


* Owen Brown: 7000 block of Deepage Drive: Someone stole a $50 men's sweat shirt, house and car keys, and a $60 pair of eyeglasses.

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