Sunday, October 3, 2004

6 boys admit to year of thefts

Miami Twp. cars, business broken into

By Reid Forgrave
Enquirer staff writer

MIAMI TWP. - For the past year, six boys in this suburban Clermont County township sneaked out of their houses at night as their parents slept.

Some of them broke into nearly 100 unlocked cars in three subdivisions, stealing cell phones, compact discs, Palm Pilots and cash. They also broke into the Oasis Golf and Conference Center on several occasions.

The boys sold the valuables at school and used the money to buy marijuana, movie tickets and food - until police arrested them this week.

Miami Township police announced Saturday that six boys have confessed to varying roles in scores of property crimes that have plagued these suburbs for months. The boys' names, ages and schools were not released.

Police said all six confessed to a recent break-in at Oasis Golf and Conference Center on Loveland-Miamiville Road in Miami Township. One of the boys also confessed to breaking into the conference center three times in the past year, police said.

Two of the boys also confessed to breaking into and stealing items from nearly 100 cars in the area during the past year.

"This certainly sends a message to anybody else that if we catch you doing something like this, we're going to deal with it," said Brian Ihnat, general manager of Oasis Golf and Conference Center. "It's a cyclical thing. (The break-ins) happen more and more often, and then when someone gets caught it usually dies down."

Police said the juveniles would walk at night from one subdivision to the next looking for unlocked cars. The break-ins were mainly in three neighborhoods: the Paxton Woods subdivision and Paxton Road area, the Millbrook Farm subdivision and the Hearthstone subdivision.

Police said the boys turned over stolen property they had hidden at their homes.


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