A pair of teenage auto burglars were netted about 4 a.m. Wednesday, and the arrests have led Ardmore police to again urge local residents to lock their vehicles and be aware of what's going on in their neighborhoods.
Officers responded to a report of an auto burglary on Shenandoah Street. During the investigation it was discovered three other cars had also been burglarized in the northwest neighborhood.
"While officers were investigating they saw two subjects on foot," said Sgt. Ryan Hunnicutt APD public information officer. "As officers approached, they ran."
A short time later, Corey Green, 18, was apprehended, along with his 17-year-old accomplice.
"Several items of stolen property were recovered," Hunnicutt said.
Green was booked into the county jail. The 17-year-old was released to his parents pending the filing of juvenile charges.
"We are very happy to have located these suspects and be able to recover some of the property. The investigation is ongoing," Hunnicutt said.
While the teens were taken into custody within minutes of the crimes, Hunnicutt said the heists were typical and could be prevented.
"These types of crimes always increase during summer months, and generally involve unlocked cars with valuable items in plain sight. We would encourage everyone to lock their vehicles and to remove valuables," he said.
Citizens are also urged to be on the lookout for theft crimes waiting to happen.
"If you see someone walking in your neighborhood, especially late at night or looking into or around vehicles, call the police," Hunnicutt said.