Police said that a sharp-eyed neighbor and a teen's story that did not add up led them to solve a rash of burglaries.
Westerville police said that Diamond Phillips, 18, and a 17-year-old alleged accomplice matched the description of two young men seen rummaging through cars. When confronted by police, the teenagers said that they had been out jogging.
"Speaking to them during the interview, they admitted they'd been drinking all night and were breaking into cars to get some money," said Westerville Police Cpl. Justin Alloway.
Alloway said that they link 8-10 break-in victims to the teenagers.
Jennifer Minadeo was one of the victims. Thieves stole a GPS out of her unlocked car sitting in the driveway.
"We think we live in a pretty safe place and to think someone's going thru our car in the middle of the night is pretty terrible," Minadeo said.
Joe Evans was on his way to church when he discovered his glove box open and two GPS devices gone. Westerville police used his theft report to return the stolen goods to him.
"Nothing but praise for the Westerville police department, they do a fantastic job, every year we've lived here," Evans said.
The teens face felony theft and other charges. Police reports show that several of the cars they are accused of stealing from were unlocked.
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