Young Teens Held in Newport Car Thefts

Six teens, ages 13-15, were held by Newport Beach police for petty theft after a resident saw them rummaging through cars.

(Photo courtesy Newport Beach Police Department)
(Photo courtesy Newport Beach Police Department)
Six teens ranging in age from 13-15 were detained Sunday for allegedly stealing items from unlocked parked cars in Newport Beach, a police official reported.

A resident told police a group of teens were loitering Sunday night in the 1200 block of Rutland, police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said. The man later yelled at the teens when he saw them rummaging through the inside of a car.

Manzella said the resident detained one of the teens, while the rest ran away.

Officers located the five other juveniles when they arrived to the scene at about 8 p.m.  

"The juveniles confessed that they were out “car mobbing”, which they defined as looking for unlocked vehicles, entering them, and stealing items from inside," Manzella said. 

The teens are residents of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa.

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