(Brookville, Ind.) – Four juveniles accused of breaking into more than a dozen businesses in the Brookville area used a unique getaway method.
Brookville Police Chief Philip Wietholter said the suspects ages 15, 16, and two at age 17 pedaled their bicycles to and from the scene of the crimes which occurred in June and July. All four boys reside in Brookville.
Because of their ages, police have not identified the suspects.
The arrests came after Brookville Police officers began receiving information from other kids around the small town. Two of the suspects were brought in for questioning on Aug. 2 and admitted to the crimes.
The first overnight burglary was reported June 11 at Stenger Auto Body on 11th Street in Brookville. Twelve more similar break-ins would be reported up until July 22 at businesses including: Jump In Style on 8th Street, The Floor Store on 4th Street, Hometown Video on Main Street, China House on Main Street, Pizza Pete on Main Street, and Shirl’s Swirls on US 52 in West Harrison.
The teens twice attempted to allegedly break into the concession stand at the Brookville Town Park as well as Four Seasons Florist on 6th Street. They were scared away from a break-in at the Brookville American Legion thanks to an alarm.
“They broke into most of them using a pry tool and a splitting maul. They pushed an AC unit through a window in one case,” said Wietholter.
Money was taken in all the burglaries, although a PS3 was also snatched from Hometown Video. Wietholter estimates the teens made off with between $400 and $500 total which they used to buy marijuana.
No charges have been filed yet. Police have handed the case to the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office for review. Indiana State Police could file charges in Dearborn County for the burglary at Shirl’s Swirls.
Three of the sets of parents have been cooperative with the investigation said Wietholter, but a fourth parent has not been cooperative at all.