Police: Pair of teenagers stole money from 11 vehicles

Two teenagers were arrested after surveillance video showed them stealing from vehicles in a Bargersville neighborhood, police said.

Kyle Ringham, 18, 74 N. Wagon Road, Bargersville, and a 15-year-old were arrested on a charge of unlawful entry of motor vehicles.

Police said the two stole money from 11 unlocked vehicles early Monday in the Three Notch subdivision, near State Road 135 and County Road 144.

The vehicles were parked on at least four streets in the subdivision and all were within about a half-mile of each other, Bargersville Assistant Police Chief Todd Bertram said. Electronic devices, such as GPS systems, iPads and laptops, were left in the cars. Currency and change were taken, Bertram said.

About 4:30 a.m., neighborhood residents began calling police to report that someone stole items from their unlocked vehicles, Bertram said.

Thirty minutes later, officers saw two young men climbing out of a window in Ringham’s house, which is in the neighborhood. When officers questioned what they were doing out at 5 a.m., they said they were walking to the gas station. Officers asked them about stealing anything, but the teenagers said they weren’t involved. Officers looked into Ringham’s bedroom to see if any stolen items were in there, but nothing looked out of the ordinary, Bertram said.

So officers let the two go.

Later that morning, a resident called police and said two teenagers showed up on a video surveillance system stealing items from the family’s car at 3:36 a.m. The teenagers matched the description of Ringham and the 15-year-old, Bertram said.

By 9:30 a.m., Ringham and the 15-year-old were arrested. Officers do not think anyone else was involved, Bertram said.

Both teenagers have been arrested in the past, Bertram said. This is the third time police said the 15-year-old was stealing from vehicles in Bargersville, he said.

Ringham was taken to the Johnson County jail, where he was held on $1,000 bond.