The Blount County Sheriff’s Office reminded residents to lock their vehicles and not leave valuables inside after four teens were arrested Friday and charged with auto burglary.
Two boys and two girls, who aren’t being identified due to their age, each were charged with delinquent by burglary of an auto, delinquent by vandalism and delinquent by false reporting to law enforcement in connection.
The investigation solved 25 cases of auto burglary and six vandalism incidents that happened between March 27 and April 10, according to a press release.
Several incidents involved vehicles stolen for joyriding from relatives, including two that ended in crashes.
Others involved theft of unsecured vehicles or break-ins with thefts of loose change, small electronic items and wallets.
The crimes took place in Alcoa and Blount County, including Eagleton, Five Points, Highland Acres and Springbrook in Alcoa.
In all, the youths received 96 petitions prior to a court appearance that was set for April 26.
Sheriff James Berrong advises anyone who reported a car burglary or vandalism in that period to call the Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number, 865-983-3620.