Caught on camera: teens breaking into Germantown home

By Jason Miles - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A pair of Germantown teens were recently caught on camera breaking into a house near Houston Middle School.  Police said it was one of two homes they targeted over the last week.

Both crimes occurred in the middle of the afternoon while mothers were away picking up their children from school.

"I find myself looking over my shoulder when I walk down the hallway in my own house," said homeowner Stephanie Hathcock.

Her house was the latest police believe the teens targeted.  At least one of them cut his hand breaking out a window.  The teens got away with a laptop, but not much else, after removing a screen and getting in through a second broken window.

"If they're doing this at 14, 15, whatever age," said Hathcock.  "They're going to be real trouble when they're 18, 19, 20," she added.

The first home hit by the teens is equipped with multiple surveillance cameras.  They probably never noticed them as they rang the doorbell to see if someone was there.  They spent at least 15 minutes pacing back and forth in the backyard before breaking in.  They only got into a bottle of liquor.

Back at the Hathcock house, they considered the crooks more than teens with too much time on their hands.

"There are plenty of bored teenagers that don't go around breaking into people's homes," said Hathcock.  "These are teenage burglars," she added.

She believes their safety may be at risk if the crime spree continues.

Call Germantown Crime-Stoppers at 901-757-2274 with information on the identities of the teens.

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