SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - Slidell police have arrested five teens between the ages of 14 and 16 in connection with a rash of car break ins in south and central Slidell.
Early Thursday morning, police received a call of five suspicious teenagers walking down Camellia Drive pulling on the door handles of vehicles.
The suspects ran when police arrived, but were captured a short time later.
For nearly a month, the teens are accused of walking neighborhoods and checking for unlocked vehicles. The burglary crew successfully burglarized over 30 unlocked vehicles and stole four vehicles where the keys were left inside.
They stole anything of value out of the unlocked vehicles, and stole the vehicles with the keys left inside.
All four stolen vehicles have been recovered after being abandoned when the suspects were done "joyriding."
Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith urges residents to lock their cars to prevent thefts.
"We say it time and time again, please lock your car doors," Smith said
All teenagers arrested are facing multiple counts of vehicle burglary and auto theft, and are currently incarcerated at the Florida Parish Juvenile Detention Center.