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Police catch teens in car break-ins

November 28, 2000

The East Lansing Police Department may have solved a string of automobile break-in crimes occurring around the city during the past month.

Eleven people comprising three different groups were arrested Thanksgiving weekend, many of them juveniles, in relation to the crimes, East Lansing police Capt. Juli Liebler said.

Patrol division officers decided to concentrate efforts in the parking ramps during the weekend, both on foot and in their cars, because of a recent rash of break-ins during the past month, and caught each group in the act.

All suspects have since been released, but larceny from an automobile and possession of stolen property charges may be sought against them in the near future, Liebler said.

Police also believe the suspects may have been involved in other larcenies during the past month.

The suspects range in age from 15 to 19. Eight of them are from Lansing, and the other three are from Bath, Grand Ledge and Holt, police said.

“The important thing to remember is not to keep your valuables visible because, based on the (suspects’) ages, these seem to be crimes of opportunity rather than premeditated,” Liebler said.

East Lansing police officers will continue to patrol and monitor the ramps in the city throughout the holiday season and undercover officers may be assigned to the ramps to prevent similar crimes from occurring, Liebler said.

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