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Wed, Jan. 22

Neighbor reports teens breaking into empty home

Prescott police arrested two teenage boys Sunday on charges including burglary and possession of marijuana after a neighbor saw them go inside a vacant bank-owned home.

At 8:59 a.m., a man called police to say two kids had entered an empty home nearby. When officers arrived, the man pointed out the exact home in the 1500 block of Mediterranean Court and officers surrounded the home, said Lt. Andy Reinhardt, spokesman for the Prescott Police Department.

"Police can't be everywhere when crime occurs," Reinhardt said. "We need everyone to keep an eye out in their neighborhood like this resident did."

Soon afterward, a teen with a football in his hands and another with a small backpack ran from the front door of the home westbound on Mediterranean Court. Officers placed both teens in custody.

When an officer looked inside the teen's backpack, he found, among other items, a small bag of marijuana, two plastic cylinders with pre-rolled papers, and a brown metal container with four already smoked marijuana joints as well as more rolling papers, according to the police report.

Officers took both teens to the Prescott Police Department and waited for their parents to arrive before interviewing them. Authorities booked both teens into the juvenile detention center on charges of burglary, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

"We ask residents to watch out in their neighborhood, and to report any suspicious activities by calling police," Reinhardt said.

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