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UPDATED: Teens suspected of breaking into Albertsons

 Posted: 11:50 AM April 01, 2013

5:55 p.m. Ashland police have charged three middle school students in a string of break-ins at Albertsons and Rite-Aid.

Deputy Chief Corey Falls said investigators reviewed video surveillance footage and recognized two of the juveniles involved in a break-in on Friday and were able to then find the third after interviewing the two suspects.

At 2:14 p.m. today, officers took three boys aged 12 and 13 into custody on charges relating to two separate burglaries at Albertsons and one at Rite Aid dating back to 2012. Albertsons was hit Aug. 10 and again Friday. Rite Aid was targeted on Oct. 29, the same day as an unsuccessful attempt to break into the Albertsons, police said. Investigators said money was taken from Albertsons in August and from Rite Aid.

Charges against the juveniles included second-degree burglary, first-degree theft, third-degree theft, conspiracy and criminal mischief.

11:50 a.m. Burglars smashed through windows at the Albertsons supermarket at 2301 Ashland Street early Friday morning but fled the scene when an alarm went off, the Ashland Police Department reported.

Deputy Chief Corey Falls said investigators are reviewing the video and have determined that three juvenile suspects may have been involved in the break-in.

Falls said officers are tracking down leads and the suspects would be charged with criminal mischief for breaking the window and burglary for entering the store.

The suspects used a duffel bag filled with some kind of heavy item that was swung at the window, breaking it, Falls said.

As they entered the building the alarm went off and the suspects fled without apparently grabbing anything, he said.

The call came in at 3:54 a.m. Friday, and officers were on the scene in minutes, Falls said.

Officers anticipate they will make arrests in the next couple of days, he said.

The store opened for business as usual that day, Falls said.

— Damian Mann

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