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D.C. teen arrested, charged after morning burglary attempt

A 17-year-old from the District has been arrested in connection with a string of six burglaries in Takoma Park, police said.

The teen was arrested after an attempted break-in at a home Wednesday morning in which a passerby heard breaking glass and alerted officers to a suspect seen running from a house at about 9:10 a.m. in the 500 block of New York Avenue, Takoma Park police said.

The teen was carrying a bag that held a computer reported stolen during a burglary and gave police a false name after he was stopped in the 7400 block of Piney Branch Road, according to police.

Takoma Park police said they later confirmed he was wanted by the Charles County Sheriff’s Office for being absent from a group home.

The juvenile gave police information about other burglaries and adult suspects who are being sought, said Catherine Plevy, spokeswoman for Takoma Park Police. Some items from the other burglaries were recovered at a local pawn shop, police said.

The teenager is being held at Noyes Juvenile Detention Facility, police said, and was charged with residential burglary, attempted residential burglary, destruction of property, possession of stolen property and making a false statement to police.

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Mary Pat Flaherty works on investigative and long-range stories. Her work has won numerous national awards, including the Pulitzer Prize.

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