Children nabbed in recent break-ins

Police track kids after recent burglary

KINGMAN - Two boys still years away from their driver's licenses were arrested and charged with five felony counts of burglary for a series of break-ins over the weekend.

The boys, ages 12 and 13, were arrested at 3 a.m. Sunday after a resident on Wallack Ranch Road was awoken by the sound of his dogs barking and chasing someone out of the home.

Police canvassed the surrounding area and found the boys in a field near Gordon Drive and Willow Street.

They were reportedly in possession of the homeowner's cell phone. Police said they found other items in the boys' possession, including more cell phones, that connected them to four additional burglaries in the area that night.

Kingman Police Lt. Rusty Cooper said one of the break-ins was to a residential storage shed. The others were homes that were occupied when they were broken into.

He added that the homeowners didn't know that had been victimized until contacted by police.

Cooper said the burglaries are not believed to be related to a series of overnight break-ins reported last month, although in both cases, the suspects reportedly gained entry through unlocked doors and windows. Two men in their 20s have been charged in one of the August burglaries and police are investigating if they are connected to the others within the same time span.

The boys, who aren't named because of their age, are charged with burglary in the 2nd degree. They were booked into the Mohave County Juvenile Center. They also reportedly admitted to setting fire to a vacant home on Butler Avenue the night before the break-ins.