Police caught a suspected teen car burglar targeting cars in Tempe Marketplace Monday and also nabbed the boy suspected of buying the stolen goods.
A 17-year-old Tempe teen and his 16-year-old friend, who lives in Scottsdale were both arrested and taken to Maricopa County’s Southeast Juvenile Detention Center.
The 17-year-old faces possible burglary charges and trafficking in stolen property and the 16-year-old faces one possible charge of trafficking in stolen property.
A security guard patrolling Tempe Marketplace about noon saw the 17-year-old attempting to remove a stereo from the dashboard of a parked vehicle near the Barnes & Noble book store.
But when the security guard confronted the boy, he ran away.
Police captured him a short time later a block southwest of the shopping center.
During questioning, the boy admitted to burglarizing another vehicle the day before in the same area. He told police the name of the boy he sold it to and police also tracked him down.