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Bragging leads to juvenile's arrest

Friday, April 2, 2010

Highland Police Chief Jeremy Stephens responded to a glass break alarm at the In/Out Tobacco store on both March 2 and March 10. During both incidents, windows of the business were discovered broken.

On March 15, merchandise was discovered missing from the business. The owner advised Stephens of a juvenile who may have some information relevant to the case.

Upon contacting the juvenile about the break-in, Stephens was given the name of a second male juvenile who had reportedly bragged about hiding the stolen cigarettes under his home.

Stephens then made contact with the mother of the juvenile who allegedly stole the merchandise. The report states that Stephens questioned the mother about whether her son was home on the dates in question. She told Stephens that he might have snuck out of the house, which "sounded like something he would do." She further told Stephens she had taken some cigarettes away from him recently and gave Stephens permission to look around the residence and to question her son.

During questioning, the report stated that the juvenile was very nervous and reluctant to speak but later admitted to having cigarettes from the In/Out hidden under his house. He later told that the break in was planned and that he had blueprints but had thrown them away. The boy's mother later told Stephens she had seen the blueprints to both In/Out Tobacco and Holden's Sporting Goods in his binder. He changed his story several times during questioning, at one time accusing two other juveniles of being in on the break in.

After talking with both of the other boys, whose family placed both of them at home at the time of the break in. One of the boys collaborated with the first boy's story that the accused was heard bragging about the incident. It was determined that neither of the other two were involved in the incident.

The juvenile was taken into custody on March 19 after Juvenile Officer Kevin Dienst made arrangements for him to be held at a Batesville Juvenile Detention Facility.

The boy was charged with commercial burglary and theft of property. The door was valued at $1,500.

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