Clayton Police arrested four Raleigh teens early Tuesday after the teens drove a stolen car to Clayton and stole a second vehicle and multiple items from cars in Clayton.
The juveniles, all ages 14 and 15, stole a car from a repair shop in Garner after they discovered the keys hidden under the driver’s seat. The owner had been scheduled to pick up the car that evening but could not.
Police say the teens drove the stolen car to Clayton where they broke into 4 unlocked cars on Lakemont Drive in the Cobblestone neighborhood. They stole wallets, credit cards, debit cards, cash, a Michael Kors handbag, and a laptop. In one unlocked vehicle, the teens found the vehicle’s key fob and promptly drove it away.
Around 3:30 a.m., a resident in the Mitchiner Hills neighborhood saw the teens attempting to break into his car in his driveway. He immediately called 911 to report the crime and Clayton Police officers were able to quickly apprehend the teens, recover both stolen vehicles and several of the stolen items.
The teens are being processed through the juvenile criminal court system, likely facing multiple felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny, possession of stolen goods, and other applicable charges.
Their names were not released because they are juveniles. Witnesses believe there may have been up to 7 teens were involved, so police continue to investigate the incident.
Police encourage everyone to keep your car doors locked at all times, even in the driveway of your home, and keep valuables out of sight. Call 911 if you see any suspicious activity in your neighborhood.