Sitka: Two teens arrested in store break-in

Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2002

Two teen-agers were arrested Monday on charges of second-degree burglary, theft and criminal mischief for a break-in at the Rock Rack on May 5.

About $800 worth of DVDs were stolen in the burglary after the suspects gained entrance by throwing a rock through the window, police said.

The names of the suspects, aged 14 and 15, have not been released.

In addition, the 15-year-old was charged with second-degree burglary and theft for a May 10 break-in at Arrowhead Transfer, and with two counts of first-degree vehicle theft in incidents which occurred on May 10 and May 19.

The total value of recovered stolen property was about $6,400, including cases and kegs of beer and assorted bottles of liquor stolen from Arrowhead Transfer, said Detective Ginny Moring, who handled the case. One of the cars was stolen from Foreign Automotive and was used in the Arrowhead Transfer burglary, she said.

"The 14-year-old started talking to some kids, who then said something to their parents," she said. "Those parents talked to other parents and eventually the kids were confronted by parents.

"They confessed to (Rock Rack owner) Bob Colliver," Moring said. "When I talked to them, I noticed a pair of tennis shoes the 15-year-old was wearing. I asked if I could look at them, and they matched some prints we'd found at the Arrowhead Transfer scene. At that point, he began talking."

Last weekend, the 15-year-old was pulled over for a traffic violation by Officer Don Ridge, she said. After citing him for driving without a license, Ridge investigated further and found out the car was reported stolen.

The teen was released to the custody of his father.

"After that, the case just started unfolding," Moring said. "The investigation has been going on for a couple of weeks, and I'm glad it's over."

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