Metro police arrested five teens Thursday in connection with three home break-ins in Hermitage. Tips from citizens aided police in making the arrests.
In the first break-in, officers responding to an 8 a.m. alarm call on Tulip Grove Road found that a rock had been thrown through one of the home’s windows, police said.
Officers located two suspects after citizens pointed out a suspicious vehicle parked at a home on Rockwood Drive.
Police said both suspects, Keno Lane, 18, and a 17-year-old who lives on Rockwood Drive, admitted their involvement. Lane, of Chandler Place, is charged with criminal trespass. The 17-year-old is charged in Juvenile Court with attempted burglary and loitering during school hours.
In two other cases, only 30 minutes separated a pair of break-ins on Cloudfalls Trace and Grace Falls Drive.
Citizens again tipped police to the teens’ modus operandi. Residents told police four teens arrived in two vehicles, parked and walked behind the houses.
Three teens were arrested and a fourth fled.
Police said they recovered two handguns and stolen items from the vehicles.
Two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old are each charged in Juvenile Court with two counts of aggravated burglary, unlawful weapon possession and loitering during school hours.