DARIEN, Conn. -- Five teenagers are facing charges in connection with a series of car burglaries in Darien, police said Monday.
The five boys, all from Stamford, were arrested early Saturday on Anthony Lane after a resident there reported that a gang of kids appeared to be breaking into cars, police said.
Police said they spotted five teens who matched the witness’s description of the suspects walking on nearby Hillside Avenue about 5:30 a.m.
The boys, all between the ages of 15 and 17, told police that they were coming from a party in the neighborhood.
The witness positively identified them as suspects seen walking away from a car parked in a driveway on Anthony Lane, police said.
The car's alarm had been set off, the witness told police.
Police said they investigated and subsequently linked the teens to the theft of two bicycles from an Anthony Lane residence and to 11 car break-ins on Anthony Lane, Hollow Tree Ridge Road and Glenwood Road.
The all were charged with third-degree burglary and third-degree conspiracy to commit burglary, police said.
The youths’ names were being withheld because of their ages, police said.
The person from whom the bicycles were stolen declined to press charges, police said.
The five were released into their parents’ custody and are to appear in Juvenile Court in Stamford on Tuesday, June 28.
Stamford police are also investigating because of the incidents’ proximity to the city line.
Similar incidents occurred in the same area, Stamford police said.
All 11 of the cars that were broken into were unlocked, police said.
Police said that more than 20 overnight burglaries on unlocked cars have occurred in Darien in the last two months alone.
Residents were reminded to lock their cars and to keep valuables out of sight.
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