Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Public safety

Police: Teens tried to burglarize undercover police car — with detective inside

ST. PETERSBURG — Three teens were charged with attempted burglary Tuesday after they tried to open the door of a parked car while an undercover detective sat inside.

Police said the detective was watching the area of 26th Street and Second Avenue N about 6 p.m. because they'd received reports that teens were trying to open parked car doors in the area. The detective watched them try other doors, police spokeswoman Yolanda Fernandez said. Apparently unaware he was inside, the teens tried the detective's door last.

Spokesman Mike Puetz said it's not uncommon for undercover detectives to end up in the middle of the scenes they're sent to observe.

"Sometimes you can find yourself in the middle of one of these situations as it's taking place," Puetz said.

The teens, girls ages 13 and 15 and a 14-year-old boy, were arrested. All three were charged with possession of burglary tools and burglary on a vehicle. The boy was also charged with violation of probation and resisting arrest without violence because he ran from the detective, Fernandez said.

Fernandez said the trio admitted to other burglaries in Clearwater and Madeira Beach and is suspected in a string of car burglaries in St. Petersburg.

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