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TPD: 3 teenagers charged with breaking into 7 cars, taking credit cards

One of the teens is also accused of carrying a gun in his belt.

TAMPA, Fla. — Police say three teenage boys are charged with breaking into multiple cars in a Tampa neighborhood over the course of multiple nights.

Around 2 a.m. Wednesday, a person alerted authorities to several people breaking into cars and a neighbor’s garage near S. Kissimmee Street, the Tampa Police Department said in a news release.

About seven cars were reportedly unlocked and ransacked while a garage door was open due to a door opener located inside the car.

Law enforcement says they began searching the area and found the three teenagers walking along W. Interbay Boulevard.

One of the three teenagers was found carrying a gun in his belt along with stolen credit cards and military ID linked to someone in the Kissimmee Street neighborhood, police say.

All of the teens were arrested and charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling and multiple counts of an unoccupied conveyance. The teenager found with a firearm faces additional charges of concealed possession and minor in possession of a firearm.

Authorities say they are still investigating the owner of the gun.

“As a reminder, the Tampa Police Department encourages all residents to lock their vehicles and remove any valuables from public view to reduce the risk of car break-ins,” the TPD said in a statement.