Bethesda teen charged in burglaries

Montgomery County police said tracking software from a stolen iPad led officers to a 14-year-old from Bethesda who is accused of burglarizing four houses.

The string of burglaries began in early May and the culprit typically entered the homes through a basement window, police said. In a May 9 burglary, an iPad was taken. Police said the tracking software led them to the teenager’s house.

Police said the youth, who they said was riding a stolen bicycle when he was arrested, “admitted to committing four burglaries and one attempted burglary.”

In all, police said, the teenager has been charged in four burglaries and two attempted burglaries that occurred between May 1 and May 10. He also was charged with bicycle theft, police said.

Dan Morse covers courts and crime in Montgomery County. He arrived at the paper in 2005, after reporting stops at the Wall Street Journal, Baltimore Sun and Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He is the author of The Yoga Store Murder.

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