Two teenagers have been arrested and charged in the recent rash of car burglaries that set a Franklin subdivision on alert.
Brian Blumenthal, 18, faces two counts of aggravated burglary, four counts of burglary, five counts of theft and one count of felony theft, after he and a 15-year-old accomplice allegedly stole purses, GPS devices, handicapped placards and various pieces of electronic equipment from 11 cars — all of which were left unlocked. Blumenthal was also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. His accomplice faces two counts of aggravated burglary, four counts of burglary and six counts of theft.
Police received a tip from a resident of the Fieldstone Farms subdivision who saw Blumenthal checking handles on car doors shortly after 4:30 on Tuesday afternoon. The caller provided physical descriptions of both the suspect and his car, and police stopped the car and driver on Hillsboro Road near Fulton Greer Lane. A search of the car yielded several of the stolen items.
The 11 burglaries took place on Monday and Tuesday of this week.