Two teenage girls have been arrested in a months-long home burglary spree west of Lake Worth after they were caught on camera, officials said.
One girl said they committed eight burglaries since November while the other said they did 15, a Palm Beach sheriff's arrest report said. Generally, if no one answered the front door of a home, they would break in by using a screwdriver to pry open a window, the girls told deputies.
Although the girls were initially arrested on juvenile charges in February, they were jailed Tuesday on adult charges, officials said. Both were held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $123,000 bail on charges of burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief.
The first known burglary happened Sept. 25, 2013, when an alarm went off and deputies were dispatched to the 5600 block of Ithaca Circle East in Lake Worth.
Deputies arrived to find a screen of a partially open kitchen window on the ground. A neighbor who heard a banging noise didn't see anything, but the surveillance cameras at her home did.
The footage showed two girls on the victim's property about 11 a.m. and then running away from the home. About two hours later, the girls conducted another break-in, this time at a residence about a half-mile away in the 5800 block of Lincoln Circle, deputies said.
In another burglary later that day, a man told deputies he left his home around noon and noticed two girls acting suspicious, standing down the street from his home.
He later found his front-window screen on the ground and his home ransacked. The mother of the victim said the burglars stole her .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver, along with purses and watches valued at $8,900.
Deputies also linked a December burglary to the girls in the 5900 block of Ithaca Circle West.
In another incident on Jan. 15 this year, a woman said she was in her garage when she heard a knock on her front door, in the 5900 block of Westfall Road in an unincorporated part of Palm Beach County.
She called 911 and when deputies arrived, they found the girls had entered the home through a window. The girls got away but a detective later found them at Santaluces Community High on Jan. 15, the report said.
Both suspects initially denied their involvement in the burglaries. But after investigating, the deputy returned to the high school and arrested them Feb. 20.