Police: Two teens arrested after being caught breaking into house

Published: Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 2:05 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 2:05 p.m.

Two teenagers were arrested Thursday after police say they broke into a house, stole several items and hit the owner with a jar.

The Gainesville Police Department said a 16-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy were in the process of breaking into a house in the 900 block of Southeast Fourth Avenue when its owners came in and confronted the 16-year-old boy.

One of the owners tried to stop the boy, but the boy hit him on the head with a glass Mason jar, GPD spokesman Officer Ben Tobias wrote in an email.

The owners detained the boy until officials arrived, after which the boy said the 14-year-old also had been involved, Tobias said.

Police said the two boys entered the victim’s house through an unlocked rear door. Once inside, the boys took a flat-screen TV and a cell phone, Tobias said.

The victims returned home after the two boys returned to the house a second time to steal more items, Tobias said. The 16-year-old boy told police he had been involved in the burglary, but the 14-year-old boy “did not say much,” Tobias said.

The TV and phone have not been found by police, Tobias said. Both boys were sent to the juvenile detention facility.

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