Teens, 13 and 15, charged with attempted burglary of Harpenden shop

Police were called to Harpenden High Street after reports of suspicious behaviour

Police were called to Harpenden High Street after reports of suspicious behaviour

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Two teens appeared in court on Wednesday (5) charged with attempted burglary after they were caught acting suspiciously outside a wine shop.

A 15 year old and 13 year old were arrested after police, accompanied by a police dog, were called to the Wine Rack on High Street, Harpenden, in the early hours of July 3.

Officers quickly detained the pair and found them in possession of black bags, gloves and pants. They were arrested for the offence of going equipped to commit theft.

Police dog Oz searched then the local vicinity with his handler and picked up a scent which led to a screwdriver under a van.

The teenagers were later arrested for attempted burglary after damage to the front door of the Wine Rack was found.

a 15-year-old boy from Borehamwood pleaded guilty to attempted burglary at St Albans Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (5) and was made subject to a youth rehabilitation order.

On July 22, a 13-year-old boy from Borehamwood pleaded guilty to attempted burglary at St Albans Magistrates’ Court. He has been referred to West Hertfordshire youth offender panel.

Sergeant Vicky Stoughton from the BCH Dog Unit said: “Oz and his handler should be proud of the role they played in this incident. Oz’s excellent sense of smell led to seizure of the screwdriver that may have otherwise been missed. This in turn led to the arrest and successful charge of the boys for attempted burglary.”

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