Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley police have arrested four youths suspected of being involved in a string of burglaries in Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach.

Between Jan. 18 and March 13, 18 burglaries were reported in the southeast region of Huntington Beach and eight burglaries were reported in the southwest portion of Fountain Valley, according to a news release from the Fountain Valley Police Department. There were also 15 attempted burglaries in the areas.

The suspects were apprehended after an investigation by detectives from both departments, according to the release. The first suspect was caught after a Fountain Valley resident interrupted a burglary March 13. The victim told police she heard someone in her house, went to check on the noise and saw someone fleeing out her front door.

Fountain Valley Police Officer Kevin Erskine found a boy lying in a flood control channel nearby. The suspect was reportedly pretending to be asleep but ran when Erskine contacted him. The youth was arrested after a short foot pursuit, according to police.

The subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of three more suspects and the recovery of stolen property. All the suspects are juveniles from Huntington Beach.

In most of the burglaries the suspects entered through unlocked doors or windows and a resident was often home at the time, according to police.

Stolen property included cash, iPhones, iPads, lap top computers, jewelry and an automobile.

Criminal charges are being pursued through the Orange County Juvenile Court for each of the four suspects.

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