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Four teens arrested on suspicion of burglary

February 28, 2001

Tim Willert

SOUTH SAN FERNANDO DISTRICT -- Police are investigating whether four

boys arrested on suspicion of burglary may be connected to a series of

similar crimes.

The boys, ages 15 and 16, were taken into custody about 4 p.m.

Thursday after one of them was confronted by a man inside his apartment

in the 300 block of East Cedar Avenue, said Burbank Police Sgt. John

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Dilibert.

The resident, whose apartment had been ransacked, scuffled with the

youth, who pleaded with the man not to call police because he was on

probation, Dilibert said.

The boy and the other suspects, who were not inside the apartment when

the man entered, took off running but were apprehended by police a short

time later with help of the man and a neighbor who tracked the boys'

whereabouts, Dilibert said.

Police recovered cable boxes, a cordless telephone, luggage and

computer equipment. The boys allegedly climbed onto a second-story

balcony and entered through an unlocked sliding door, Dilibert said.

"We've had some burglaries in that area," he said. "These could be our

guys."

Three of the boys were transferred to Sylmar Juvenile Hall, Dilibert

said. The fourth suspect was cited and released to a parent.

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