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Teens try to rob car with deputy inside

If there’s a Number 1 Rule to burgling cars, it has to be: First check that Officer Friendly isn’t inside it. Three Florida teens learned this valuable lesson around 6 p.m. Tuesday, after allegedly trying to enter a car with undercover detectives calmly sitting inside the car, watching them.

The unnamed detectives, with St. Petersburg Police, were watching the area after getting several reports of teens trying to open the doors of parked cars. Of such undercover work, police spokesman Mike Puetz explained , ”Sometimes you can find yourself in the middle of one of these situations as it’s taking place.” So the detectives weren’t surprised, but the teens, no doubt, were very surprised.

The young suspects tried the driver’s door last and the detective confronted them. Two of the suspects, girls age 13 and 15, were reportedly charged with possession of burglary tools and burglary on a vehicle. The third, a boy, 14, was charged with two  additional violations, probation and resisting arrest without violence, because he ran from the officer.

According to police all three admitted to burglaries in Clearwater and Madeira Beach, and are suspects in the string of car burglaries in St. Petersburg.

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