10 French teens accused of burglarizing cars in New Jersey

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SECAUCUS, N.J. — Ten French teenagers are accused of burglarizing 12 vehicles while on vacation in New Jersey.

The teens, who range in age from 13 to 17, were arrested in Secaucus early Saturday. They were scheduled for court appearances Monday and their passports have been seized.

Police Capt. Dennis Miller told The Jersey Journal the teens were staying with adult guardians at a motel. They were all in the U.S. for a summer camp retreat.

Miller said several vehicles were broken into early Friday and an officer on patrol Saturday saw a large group of juveniles walking between cars with flashlights. Some matched the description from surveillance footage taken the night before.

The 10 are charged with burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary. Three also are charged with theft and one is charged with receiving stolen property.

Police called the break-ins “crimes of opportunity” because all the vehicles targeted were unlocked, reminding residents to always lock their vehicles.

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