Teenagers from France allegedly break into numerous cars in Secaucus

first_imgSECAUCUS – Secaucus police have charged ten teenagers from France in a series of car burglaries allegedly taking place in town earlier this month, according to a press release.On July 21, the Secaucus Police Department received calls of vehicle burglaries in the area around Second Street.Twelve vehicles were reported to have been burglarized after 4 a.m. that morning. Both patrol and detective division personnel worked together to process the vehicles for evidence and canvass the area. They soon located surveillance footage from nearby locations showing what appeared to be juveniles committing the burglaries.Shortly after 3 a.m the following day, Officer Michael Bronowich was patrolling the area when he came across a large group of juveniles walking between cars with flashlights. Bronowich observed that many of the juveniles fit the profile from the surveillance footage. The juveniles, ranging from ages 13 to 17, were taken into custody.The youth are French nationals visiting the U.S. on a summer camp retreat, according to the release. They were staying at the town’s Red Roof Inn with adult guardians. They went out for walks collectively when they allegedly committed the burglaries. Further investigation by police managed to procure some of the stolen itemsAll ten juveniles are charged with twelve counts of burglary and twelve counts of conspiracy to commit burglary. Three of the juveniles are additionally charged with three counts of theft; one juvenile is additionally charged with receiving stolen property. Though ordered released to their guardians, the teens’ passports have been seized. They were set to make their first court appearance July 24.Noting that all the burglarized vehicles were unlocked, Chief Kevin Flaherty urged all residents to “be sure to lock their vehicles to reduce the ability to commit this ‘crime of opportunity.’” ×last_img read more

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