TEENAGE burglars continued ransacking homes after being arrested and released by police, it emerged this week.
The trio – aged 13, 16 and 17 – carried on targeting homes in their own neighbourhood after being set free by cops while the investigation into the break-ins continued.
The tearaways, who used a screwdriver to pop open UPVC doors that had not been double locked at night, were arrested in the early hours of Saturday, March 19.
They were discovered hiding in bushes at Jarman Park, Hemel Hempstead, close to where seven homes had been raided.
The thieves carried out a total of 24 break-ins and seven attempted burglaries over just 30 days in the Bennetts End, Corner Hall and Adeyfield areas of Hemel Hempstead between February 14 and March 20 this year.
At St Albans Crown Court on Monday, the 13-year-old, now 14, was sentenced to 18 months’ detention and training, while the 16 and 17-year-old received 24 months’ detention and training.
Police wanted to name and shame the trio but the case was not deemed serious enough for officers to apply for the lifting of an order that protects the identity of the teens because they are aged under 18.
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