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Three teens were arrested Saturday for a string of thefts and break-ins around Hubbard in one day.

A homeowner near G and Third streets alerted police that three people had just been scared off after attempting to break into a vehicle. At the same time, another citizen flagged down police and reported they had been chasing an individual who had broken into two vehicles a few blocks away.

Officers located and arrested one juvenile suspect before receiving more calls of more vehicle break-ins in town. Police responded to the scene and discovered two juveniles stealing items from a truck. A short foot chase resulted in the arrest of those two teens as well.

Through this one-day crime spree, the three teens had gained entry into an occupied residence and more than 20 unlocked vehicles. They allegedly took electronics, jewelry, weapons, hundreds of dollars in cash, car chargers and other items of value. Police also discovered that one vehicle they broke into had a loaded handgun that had not been taken.

During this crime spree, officers said they discovered more than 30 mailboxes had been accessed that the teens allegedly rifled through, looking for valuables, before tossing the mail all over the street.

Officers were able to recover almost all of the property taken and have begun to reunite owners with the thousands of dollars' worth of valuables.

"We've had no thefts from vehicles in quite some time," Chief Dave Dryden said. "So this was a brand new rash of crime in just one day. They were busy."

Two juveniles were taken to Marion County Juvenile Detention while the third was cited and released to his parents, because the first two are being charged with burglary in the first degree, Dryden explained.

One teen faces charges of burglary and theft, each in the first degree, and multiple counts of unlawful entry of a motor vehicle. The second teen who was lodged faces charges of burglary in the first degree and criminal mischief. The teen who was cited and released was charged with criminal mischief and mail theft. More charges are pending, Dryden said.

All three teens are residents of Hubbard.

Hubbard Police would like to remind people to not leave valuables in their cars and to keep their vehicles locked. Police also remind the public to call 911 immediately if there is suspicious activity.

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