Police charge teens in string of residential burglaries

Friday, December 18, 2009 at 7:21pm
Staff reports

Metro Police North Precinct officers arrested four teenagers Thursday night, in two separate cases, believed to be involved in a rash of Madison residential burglaries.

In the first case, a citizen reported two suspicious persons lurking near a home in the 1100 block of Westchester Drive.

Police say Hector Martinez, 18, of Sioux Terrace Drive, and a 17-year-old, of Shawnee Drive, were inside the home when police arrived at 10:50 p.m. Thursday. The first officer on the scene spotted a broken window and waited for backup officers who surrounded the residence. Martinez and the teen were taken into custody without incident.

Martinez, a suspect in other similar break-ins, is charged with aggravated burglary and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The 17-year-old is charged in Juvenile Court with aggravated burglary, vandalism and violating curfew, police said.

Just hours earlier, officers spotted two young men walking on Heritage Drive, an area plagued by recent home break-ins. When officers stopped to talk to the pair, the 15- and 16-year-olds fled on foot. One teen was caught after a brief foot chase and the second was taken into custody at his home nearby, police said. The 16-year-old admitted to burglaries in the Pilgrim Court and Heritage Drive areas.

The continuing investigation led to Friday afternoon’s arrest of a second 16-year-old who also admitted to breaking into homes in the Heritage Drive area, police said. Both 16-year-olds are charged in Juvenile Court with burglary. The 15-year-old, for now, is charged in Juvenile Court with resisting arrest and underage possession of tobacco. Additional burglary charges are anticipated.


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1 Comment on this post:

By: unclesam328 on 12/19/09 at 1:16

Where any of these crimes commited during school hours and if they were, were they shown as absent? I know teachers are having a hard times too manifold to list but I hope they use what tools they are allowed.