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Tampa teen accused of breaking into cars in Forest Hills Village

TAMPA — The owners left their cars unlocked and, according to police, a 17-year-old burglary suspect decided that was his ticket to break in.

Tampa police arrested the teen Thursday on charges he broke into two cars parked on the 9400 block of Forest Hills Circle.

The grandson of one of the victims told police he saw someone matching the suspect's description rummaging through his grandmother's car, then running away. After police put out a reverse 911 call about the burglary, another citizen called to report he saw someone matching the teen's description riding a bicycle. Officers located the teen and found stolen items in his possession, police spokeswoman Darla Portman said.

The Times is not identifying the suspect because of his youthful offender status.

Police are now investigating whether the teen could be connected to another six vehicle burglaries on the same street, in the Forest Hills Village subdivision north of Busch Boulevard and west of Interstate 275. The teenager lives less than a mile away.

Portman said additional charges are pending. She urged people to lock their cars and homes and not leave their valuables in plain view.

Tampa teen accused of breaking into cars in Forest Hills Village 07/31/09 [Last modified: Friday, July 31, 2009 4:22pm]
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