Two teenage brothers were arrested by police early Sunday morning and charged in connection with a string of burglaries and car break-ins in the Colonial Hills subdivision.

Two teenage brothers were arrested by police early Sunday morning and charged in connection with a string of burglaries and car break-ins in the Colonial Hills subdivision.

The boys are 13 and 15 and live on East Lincoln Avenue, which is in Columbus, two streets south of Worthington.

Officers found the boys on the streets of Colonial Hills at 4:40 a.m. on Sunday.

Earlier that morning, they had allegedly burglarized a home in the 200 block of Lakeridge Drive. They had entered the occupied home through an unsecured patio door, and stole cash and drugs.

They are also suspected of breaking into four other homes and two vehicles overnight on June 17 and June 19. Some of the items stolen in the burglaries were recovered.

Two of the homes are in the 200 block of Colonial Avenue.

At one residence, the occupant awoke on June 20 to find the front door open, but nothing missing.

At the other residence on the same night, the burglars entered through an unlocked rear window and left through a rear door, taking a laptop computer, a purse, and an Ipod.

Someone also stole a wallet from a residence in the 200 block of Hardy Way overnight on June 17. The credit cards and driver's license were later found in the yard.

On the same night, unlocked vehicles were entered in the 100 block of Park Boulevard and the 200 block of Colonial Avenue. An Ipod was stolen from one, coins from the other.

Worthington Sgt. John Slaughter said he surmised the thieves were juveniles because they left behind valuable items, and because they stole ice cream from one of the homes.

He was concerned, however, because the thieves seemed to be getting bolder. During the first burglaries, they did not enter the area of the homes where people were sleeping, but they did during the last burglary.

"The kids were getting bolder," he said. "If they hadn't been caught, it is hard to tell what would have happened."

He credited the arrest to good work on the part of patrol officers.

"They did a dynamite job in apprehending these kids," he said.

Slaughter said the boys' parents acknowledged having trouble with the boys. They had asked Columbus officials to rule the brothers as unruly, but learned they would themselves be held accountable. They also put locks on the doors to try to keep the boys inside, but the boys drilled through the locks.

They boys were taken to the Court of Domestic Relations (CDR), where they were held pending a hearing. They were charged with burglary, but police said additional charges are being considered.

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