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Three teens charged for Riverside Christmas Eve burglary

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 10:36 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 5:11 p.m. CDT

RIVERSIDE – Three 17-year-old boys were charged with felony residential burglary for allegedly stealing computers, cameras, jewelry, alcohol and a number of other items from a residence in the 300 block of Herrick Road on Christmas Eve. 

A police investigation determined the teens, two from Riverside and one from Brookfield, entered the home between 4 and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 24 while the family residing there was at church. Police learned later that one of the teens attended the same church service as the family, stepping out of the service for a few minutes to notify the other alleged offenders that the family was not home. He knew a side door to the residence would be unlocked and informed the other teens to use the door so they wouldn’t have to force entry into the home. The two teens then stole property from the home, loading it into a vehicle they had parked in the driveway. 

Several hours after the burglary, investigators examined the scene for fingerprints and interviewed neighbors but found no witnesses. 

On Dec. 27, Riverside police were notified that someone had tried to log on to a Kindle e-reader stolen from the home. Police used an IP address to trace the location of the device to a residence in the 0-100 block of Groveland Avenue, where they arrested the first teen. Police then arrested another teen in the 300 block of Herrick Road, the same block as the victims’ residence. They arrested the third teen in the 3800 block of Cleveland Avenue in Brookfield. 

Police recovered all stolen items excluding an undisclosed amount of cash, most of which had been spent by the alleged offenders. 

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