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A citizen in the neighborhood of northeast West Overland and South Cole is being commended by Boise Police Department after noticing what appeared to be a group of young males burglarizing cars.

Boise Police were called at 2:55 a.m. Wednesday morning and found several cars with doors open, dome lights on, and glove boxes open.

Officers found four teen boys ages 14 to 16 walking near Hummel and South Brooklawn Drive shortly after finding the burglarized cars.

The teens were found to have stolen items from several cars parked on streets and in driveways.

Although the boys were found in possession of burglary tools, it appears the cars were entered through unlocked doors.

"This is also a good reminder to all of us to lock our vehicles," said Lt. Ron Winegar. "It appears these thefts were simply crimes of opportunity with would-be thieves targeting cars with unlocked doors."

Officers also found evidence the boys may be connected to other recent vehicle burglaries reported in that neighborhood in recent weeks.

Three of the four live in the neighborhood where the crimes occurred. The boys were charged with burglary and released to the custody of their parents.

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