Four teenage boys were arrested early Tuesday and accused of trying to break into the Palm Terrace Civic Association clubhouse on Areca Drive, according to Pasco County Sheriff's Office reports.
The juveniles, whose names are being withheld, were charged with attempted burglary. Two of the boys, both 14 years old, also were charged with burglary after reportedly admitting to breaking into the clubhouse on two other occasions.
The most recent break-in occurred about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to the reports. A witness told deputies the back door flew open just as he was checking to see if it was locked. He saw two people standing in the doorway and one was wearing some kind of mask, the reports state.
The two people ran away. Deputies were called to the scene, and police dogs were brought to track the burglars. The four boys were found nearby, and all four confessed to trying to break into the clubhouse, according to the reports.
The clubhouse also was burglarized on Jan. 25 and Feb. 15, burglaries to which the two 14-year-olds have confessed, the reports state. A stereo receiver and a CD player taken in the February burglary were recovered, said sheriff's spokesman Jon Powers. A stereo system taken in the January burglary has not been recovered.
The four teens were released to their parents.