Police arrest 3 in crime spree

Langley police arrested three teenaged boys last week in connection with an all-night crime spree two weeks earlier that involved several cases of stolen beer, a stolen car and a stolen cellular phone.

Chief Bob Herzberg said he arrested a 14-year-old Freeland boy, a 15-year-old Langley boy, and a 17-year-old Clinton boy on suspicion of second-degree burglary, vehicular prowl, and taking a vehicle without permission.

According to police, the three boys allegedly stole several cases of beer from a Langley restaurant, then stole a car and a cellular phone during the evening of Oct. 21 and morning of Oct. 22. In the process, the alleged criminals drank some of the beer at Langley’s Waterfront Park and damaged the stolen car, which they returned to its owner that morning.

In confessions after their arrests, the boys told police they also entered about 30 cars during the evening and morning crime spree looking for valuables. All the cars they entered were unlocked, Herzberg said.

The boys’ arrest came after the police department received a number of tips about the crime. The first tip was from a Clinton resident who found some of the stolen beer in a travel trailer.

“We were able to build on that,” Herzberg said of the information he received.

Because the boys are juveniles, they will be charged by juvenile court services in Coupeville

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