2 Juvenile Burglary Suspects Arrested in Harlingen
HARLINGEN – Two juvenile suspects are behind bars in Harlingen on charges of theft by possession of both a motor vehicle and a firearm.
Police said the suspects broke into a house on the 2000 block of East Austin Avenue early Thursday morning, stole car keys from the home and took three vehicles.
The suspects made off with a grey 2014 Toyota Prius, a red 2006 Toyota Sienna Van, and a white 2003 Ford Ranger.
The Toyota Prius was recovered after the Harlingen Police Department received a suspicious activity call and dispatched officers to a warehouse.
Police said they also recovered a handgun stolen from a vehicle in the same neighborhood.
"I was really shocked to hear that they had done that because they went into their home while they were still there," said Linda Garcia, a resident in the area. "Now, that's scary."
Harlingen Police Commander John Parish encourages Valley residents to take extra precautions to secure their belongings.
"Make sure that your doors, windows are secured. Shut, locked," he advised. "Don't leave valuables out in plain sight. That goes for the home or, you know, in front of an open window or in your vehicle. Don't leave expensive or valuable items in the front seat where people can see them."
Harlingen police are still trying to locate the Toyota Sienna van and the white Ford Ranger.
Anyone with information in the case is asked to call Harlingen Area Crime Stoppers at 956-425-8477.
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