REDMOND, OR -- Two young suspects are accused of breaking into a Redmond convenience store last week, and stealing e-cigarettes. Investigators identified the 12- and 8-year-old boys on Thursday.
The burglary occurred at about 1 a.m. October 12, at the Chevron Westside One Stop, near 15th and Highland Ave. A witness tipped off police after seeing two people run from the scene. Surveillance footage shows the burglars breaking a window and climbing through, twice, to take e-cigarettes from a display case.
Nearly a week later, a School Resource Officer responded to Elton Gregory Middle School after a student was caught with an e-cigarette. The officer recognized the brand as the same type taken in the burglary and noticed the student resembled the person seen in the video.
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At the conclusion of the investigation, the 12-year-old was arrested and released to his parents; he faces charges including Burglary and Criminal Mischief. The 8-year-old was identified but not arrested, because state law states a child must be at least 12 to be charged with a crime, except in rare circumstances.