Three teens were arrested Sunday after police said they broke into several cars in Franklin and Greenwood.
William Burton Shaw, 18, 2606 Branigin Creek Blvd., Franklin, was arrested on charges of theft, criminal trespass, possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia.
Two 16-year-olds also were arrested on juvenile charges of theft, possession of a controlled substance, criminal trespass and
possession of paraphernalia and one of the teens was also arrested on an additional charge of possession of a handgun without a license.
Greenwood police received a call from a resident on Declaration Drive, who reported that three men had broken into his truck and also went into neighbor’s vehicles.
He videotaped the three men, followed them to a nearby grocery store and called police, according to the Greenwood Police Department report.
Police arrested one of the teenagers while he was inside the store using a machine to count change they believe was stolen from vehicles, according to the police report.
The other two were arrested outside at their vehicle, where police found one of the teens with a loaded handgun, the report said.
In the car, police found items they believed to be stolen, including a laptop, GPS unit, checkbook, credit cards and other items belonging to Franklin residents, the police report said.
Franklin police were called to seven thefts from vehicles, including four reported in Paris Estates, Saturday night and Sunday morning.
They believe the thefts were all connected to the three teens because of the property Greenwood police found when the teens were arrested, Franklin police Lt. Kerry Atwood said.
Shaw was taken to the Johnson County Jail and held on $8,000 bond. The prosecutor will decide what, if any, charges to file.
The police report did not say where the teenagers were taken after being arrested.