3 teens set to be arraigned in vehicle break-ins in Bismarck

3 teens set to be arraigned in vehicle break-ins in Bismarck

BISMARCK — Three teenagers are expected to be arraigned today in Vermilion County Circuit Court on charges stemming from a string of vehicle burglaries in Bismarck early Monday morning, according to Vermilion County sheriff's authorities.

Rod Kaag, chief investigator at the sheriff's department, said two 18-year-olds and a 17-year-old were arrested Monday in connection with the burglary of more than 15 vehicles in Bismarck between 2:30 and 4:30 a.m. Monday. The two 18-year-olds — Tanner D. Nickle and Dakota M. Spears — are expected to be arraigned today in adult court, but the 17-year-old's case will be handled in juvenile court. The juvenile's name is not being released.

In addition to stealing from vehicles, the teens were arrested for trying to break into a small grocery store on Holloway Street in Bismarck and for the retail theft of a bottle of alcohol from Wal-Mart on West Newell Road.

Kaag said the crime spree started when the teens stole the alcohol from Wal-Mart, got drunk and began walking through the small town, entering unlocked vehicles and taking items. Kaag said deputies investigating the burglary reports later Monday morning found the teens passed out in the garage at their Bismarck residence with the stolen items, which included computers, GPS devices, medication, tobacco and more.

Kaag said the teens did some damage, but most of the vehicles they entered were unlocked. He said the teens told police that if the vehicles were locked, they moved on until they found one unlocked.

In a similar, separate incident, police arrested two juveniles on Aug. 6 in the Oakwood area who were entering unlocked vehicles and stealing items. Kaag said they also were arrested for breaking into the Oakwood grocery story.

Kaag said more reports of burglaries to vehicles from the same incident in Bismarck were coming in Tuesday morning. He said people need to keep their vehicles locked.

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