A routine police patrol early Thursday led to the arrest of three teenage boys accused of auto prowling.
The incident began at 2:35 a.m. when a Battle Ground police officer saw three boys in the 2100 block of Northwest 11th Street. The boys tried to run, but were intercepted, according to a police news release.
Further investigation led to the recovery of a stolen laptop computer, a GPS device and a video game player that had been taken from vehicles, police said. The total value of the stolen items was estimated at $1,600.
The boys, two age 16 and one 17, were booked into juvenile detention on suspicion of possession of stolen property. Other charges to be referred to the juvenile prosecutor include auto prowling, minor in possession of alcohol and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The boys’ names were not released.