Fairhope Police arrested four juveniles in connection to a string of thefts of various items from unlocked cars. The juveniles face multiple charges including breaking and entering motor vehicles, possession of drug paraphernalia and minor in possession of alcohol.
At approximately 1:30 a.m. Thursday, a Johnson Avenue resident called the Fairhope Police Department to report he had seen several juveniles tampering with his vehicle. The juveniles fled when they were spotted by the citizen.
Responding officers of the Fairhope Police Department found the juveniles hiding in a carport on Fairhope Avenue and detained them. The investigation revealed the juveniles had been stealing from unlocked cars in the neighborhood around Johnson Avenue, Mershon Street, Bellangee Avenue, and Fairhope Avenue.
As of Thursday afternoon six victims have been identified, but investigators believe the juveniles may have entered 20 or more vehicles, all of which were unlocked.
The responding officers detained a 17-year-old white male, a 16-year-old white male, a 15-year old-black male, and a 15-year-old white male. All are residents of Fairhope.
The four were taken to the Fairhope Police Department for documentation and released to their parents. They will be required to appear in juvenile court in Bay Minette on multiple counts.
Officers recovered cash, cell phones, pocket knives, wine, beer, a .22 caliber pistol, prescription drugs, a digital camera, sunglasses, and other property believed to have been stolen. A marijuana pipe was also recovered from one of the juveniles. Investigators are working to identify the owners so that the stolen property can be returned.
If any Fairhope residents discover that property has been stolen from a vehicle, they are asked to phone the Fairhope Police Department, Criminal Investigations Division, at 251-928-2385.
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