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Juveniles accused of breaking into, stealing cars in Burlington

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BURLINGTON, N.C. — Two juveniles are accused of breaking into vehicles and stealing two cars at an apartment complex, according to police.

On Monday morning, Burlington police were dispatched to Kirkwood Apartments in Burlington in reference to suspicious conditions.

Burlington police said an off-duty Greensboro police officer noticed a vehicle being operated in a careless manner in the parking lot of Kirkwood Apartments. The Greensboro officer was able to detain two juveniles who exited the vehicle.

Following an investigation by Burlington police, it was determined that the two juveniles were allegedly responsible for four motor vehicle break-ins at Colony Apartments between 2 a.m. and 7:22 a.m. Monday, police said.

Police said during the course of those break-ins, the juveniles stole assorted personal property from three of the vehicles and in one vehicle located the keys to two vehicles. The suspects then allegedly used those keys to steal the two vehicles from the parking lot of Colony Apartments. They drove the vehicles from Colony Apartments to Kirkwood Apartments where they were seen by the Greensboro officer, police said.

Property stolen during the break-ins was recovered and returned to the owners. One electric voltage meter was found in the area of the break-ins. An owner for this item has not been located.

The juvenile offenders, ages 13 and 14, were residents of Colony Apartments, police said.

Due to the age of the offenders, no other information can be released regarding their identity.

Petitions for each juvenile will be presented to juvenile court concerning multiple offenses related to breaking and entering of motor vehicles/larceny and larceny of motor vehicles regarding this incident, police said.

Burlington police said they believe there may be other victims of motor vehicle break-ins in the area where the crimes were committed. Anyone with information is asked to call (336) 229-3500.