KUNA - Three teenage boys who have been charged in a pair of vehicle thefts are also responsible for a string of car break-ins and vandalism, according to the Ada County Sheriff's Office.
The teens, two 15-year-olds and a 16-year-old stole a pickup truck and a car the night of May 9 while high on psychedelic mushrooms, deputies say. They later took the car to Kuna Butte and drove it off a cliff.
The same night, the boys sprayed a stolen fire extinguisher into cars, causing hundreds of dollars in damage, deputies said.
The suspects are also accused of breaking into dozens of vehicles in the Crimson Point neighborhood near Ten Mile and Deer Flat roads.
Almost every vehicle targeted had been left unlocked. Deputies say the boys admitted walking through neighborhoods and trying car doors, pocketing the contents of the ones they found unlocked. Garages that were left open were also rifled through.
The stolen items included a laptop and a wedding ring.
Law enforcement officials say keeping vehicles locked, especially at night, can drastically reduce the chances of becoming a victim of a car burglary.
The teens have been charged with malicious injury to property, burglary, and grand theft, and are being held at the Ada Count Juvenile Detention Center.