WASHINGTON — A band of teenage bandits have been caught in a series of Spotsylvania County, Va., break-ins.
The Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office arrested seven juveniles connected to more than 20 vehicle and home burglaries from January 2014 to February 2015, according to a release.
The suspects took cash, credit cards, cellphones, laptops, video games, clothes, and firearms during the break-ins.
“When the investigation began, we weren’t able to connect the cases because they were spread out throughout the eastern part of the county,” Captain Troy Skebo told WTOP on Saturday. The suspects spaced out their timetable, and hit the homes and cars at different times of day and night, making it appear that these crimes were unrelated, he said.
“We used social media sites to monitor some suspects that were developed by the detective and we were able connect the group together,” said Skebo.
The teens, whose age range from 14 to 16, committed the crimes within a roughly five-mile radius around Plank Road, Salem Church Road and Harrison Road.
Detectives are looking back at previous burglaries that happened around the same time to see if they are also connected. All seven teens have been arrested and placed into a juvenile detention center.