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Three teens charged in string of car break-ins targeting FishHawk Ranch

LITHIA — Three teenagers were arrested at FishHawk Ranch early Monday morning. Deputies say they stole $1,500 worth of property from 11 cars.

Hillsborough County Sheriffs deputies say one suspect told detectives they would roam the neighborhood and "car hop," checking the door handles of cars and trucks in driveways, to see which ones were unlocked. One teen said they targeted FishHawk Ranch because they knew lots of residents left valuables inside unlocked cars.

Authorities say the teenagers stole loose change, radar detectors, GPS units, sunglasses and MP3 players before deputies spotted them running around the neighborhood at 3 a.m. wearing black and carrying backpacks loaded with stolen goods.

The three teens — a 15-year-old from Lithia and two 14-year-olds from Riverview — are not being named here because they are juveniles. They were each charged with 11 counts of vehicle burglary, grand theft and petit theft, and taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center.

Three teens charged in string of car break-ins targeting FishHawk Ranch 07/20/09 [Last modified: Monday, July 20, 2009 9:19pm]
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