NEW PORT RICHEY
Second teen arrested in car burglary string
Deputies have arrested a second suspect in what they say was a string of group car burglaries last month in the Gulf Harbor Woodlands neighborhood.
About 1 a.m. Sept. 26, the 16-year-old boy, whose name is being withheld due to his age, and an unknown number of other suspects opened 10 unlocked cars and, between all of them, snagged a briefcase, MP3 player, credit card, wallet and a .40-caliber Baretta pistol, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report states.
The boy and another teen were caught on a neighbor's surveillance system trying to open another car but couldn't because it was locked, reports state.
The other teen was arrested last week. The 16-year-old boy was arrested Monday on four charges of burglary of a vehicle and one charge of armed burglary. The other suspects are still at large, said sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll. "The majority of auto burglaries occur from people not locking their car doors or leaving valuables in plain sight," Doll said. "It can happen during the daytime, too."