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Juveniles face felony charges after 4 weekend burglaries

Boarded windows at Washington Liquor and Tobacco Outlet are evidence of buglaries over the  weekend. (Caitlin Yamada/ The Union)
Boarded windows at Washington Liquor and Tobacco Outlet are evidence of buglaries over the weekend. (Caitlin Yamada/ The Union)
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WASHINGTON — Four weekend burglaries resulted in juveniles facing felony charges.

Washington Liquor and Tobacco Outlet, and Hy-Vee Wine and Spirits were subject to smashed front doors.

The following information was provided in a Washington Police Department news release.

At approximately 2:45 a.m. on Friday, police officers on patrol heard an alarm originating at Washington Liquor and Tobacco Outlet.

Officers found the glass to the front door of the business had been smashed and items had been stolen. A review of the video showed that suspects entered the store twice and alcohol and tobacco vape products were taken.

The following day at approximately 2:50 a.m., an officer saw two subjects flee from the Washington Liquor and Tobacco Outlet. The business was again found to have been burglarized and entry made by smashing through a front window.

After a short foot chase officers were unable to locate the suspects.

At approximately 4:20 a.m. officers were dispatched to an alarm at Hy-Vee Wine and Spirits. Upon arrival officers found the front door had been smashed and items had been stolen.

Officers reviewed video from both locations and developed suspects related to the four burglaries.

The investigation eventually led to a search warrant being issued for a residence in Washington Saturday morning. Officers recovered property believed to be stolen from both businesses along with a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

“This was great police work,” Washington Police Chief Jim Lester said. “The officers identified suspects through review of store video, conducted surveillance and put information together to obtain a search warrant and recover some of the property.”

The investigation is ongoing, and the juveniles involved in the incidents face felony charges of burglary, criminal mischief and theft. Additional misdemeanor charges of possession of controlled substance, drug paraphernalia and possession of alcohol underage could be filed.

The Washington Police Department was assisted by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington County Attorney’s Office.