LAKE COUNTY -- Two teens used the snowy weather and the cover of darkness to enter 10-20 unlocked vehicles in driveways in Perry Township and Painesville Township overnight Thursday, according to the lake County Sheriff's office.
One resident called deputies about 3:20 a.m. today after his vehicle -- parked in the area of Norway Drive near Laburnum Drive in Perry Township -- had been entered and items inside stolen.
A nearby resident stated that his unlocked vehicle had also been rummaged through.
Sgt. Larry Harpster and Deputy Jeff Dybzinski found footprints in the freshly fallen snow and noticed they went up to numerous vehicles in the areas of Norway Drive, Laburnum Drive, Larchview Drive, and Redwood Drive, all in Perry Township.
Deputies were able to track the prints to a home where they stopped beneath a window. It was believed the suspects left the home through the window and entered back inside through the same window.
Deputies then knocked on the front door and the homeowners answered. The homeowners stated their 15-year-old son and his cousin were in their back bedroom, the room where the footprints in the snow led to a window.
Deputies interviewed both boys and they admitted to entering between 10-20 vehicles in the past few hours and took numerous items. All the stolen property was recovered.
They also admitted entering vehicles the preceding night in the area of Crestwood Drive in Painesville Township. Their names are not being released at this time but one is a Perry Township resident and one is a West Farmington resident.
The case is still under investigation, but will be forwarded for criminal charges against both juveniles.
Deputies remind drivers to lock their vehciles in their driveways and/or remove any items from inside the vehicles.