Detectives Investigate Teens After String of Grove City Burglaries
Updated: Monday, April 22 2013, 05:18 AM EDT
GROVE CITY — A neighborhood discovered teens were breaking into their homes after reviewing their own surveillance video and recovering photos from a stolen camera.
Over a span of six weeks, at least three homes on Oakhurst Drive in Grove City were broken into and several valuables were taken. Franklin County detectives say the burglars tried to break into even more homes on the same block.
"They stole quite a bit of stuff. On the same night, they tried to go to another house and break in,” Georgia Johnson said.
When the alleged thieves got to Johnson’s house, her surveillance cameras captured their images. Johnson said at least one of them looked like a teenager and was carrying a machete.
A few days ago, Johnson’s next door neighbor found a stolen camera in her yard. When it was returned to its owner, it appeared a neighborhood 12-year-old boy took several photos of himself with it.
In a search warrant, detectives have named at least four suspects they think are connected to the burglaries. Some are juveniles and cannot be named. Investigators say that each suspect resembles the people seen in the surveillance video or photos recovered from the stolen camera.
Deputies have already searched the home where some of the suspects live and have collected evidence. ABC 6/FOX 28 is still waiting to hear from detectives to disclose what charges the suspects could face.
Reporter: Jen French