16-year-old boys face charges in connection with burglaries
Published: January 31, 2013
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ST. CROIX - Two 16-year-old boys appeared in V.I. Superior Court on Wednesday to be advised of their rights in connection with a rash of burglaries in a number of neighborhoods during the last few days.
According to police, the two were arrested just after 10 a.m. Tuesday and charged with the crimes that police say have been occurring in the Enfield Green, Estate Whim and William's Delight residential areas.
According to preliminary reports from police, one minor was in the custody of the Youth Rehabilitation Center on an unrelated burglary charge when he escaped in mid-October and has been away from the facility since then as juvenile investigators continued to search for him.
The second teen is no stranger to juvenile investigators or the system, according to police, and also had been previously arrested for break-ins and other crimes.
Police said several homes in the neighborhoods have been broken into and detectives working the case received information and other evidence that led them to the teens.
The boys were taken to the Youth Rehabilitation Center, where they were detained pending their appearance in Juvenile Court on Wednesday.
Because of a conflict of interest with a staff member of the Family Court Division, Family Court Judge Denise Hinds recused herself from the case, and the boys were advised of their rights by Magistrate Judge Miguel Camacho.
- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email email@example.com.