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Juveniles suspected of breaking into cars during church services

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(KMOV)-- During Sunday evening worship services on December 26th, a member of the congregation signaled to Reverend Terry Russell that there was a problem outside the Calvary Pentecostal Church.

"I walked to the back of the church and they said several cars have had their windows broken out. I was just shocked," said Rev. Russell.
 
Eight cars were broken into. Thieves smashed in windows, pried open doors of vehicles in the parking lot on S. Morrisson Road, near Collinsville.
 
Thieves may not have known what they were looking for. One person found that their GPS system was taken. Another said the thieves didn't take valuable tools, but stole a Snickers bar left in the truck. Rev. Russell found his two passenger side windows smashed, but thieves only took his Ford warranty book.
 
Rev. Russell said three other congregation members left their cars unlocked, and discovered that someone rifled through belongings inside but nothing seemed to be taken.
 
Thursday night, the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office said a group of juvenile suspects were in custody and suspected of breaking into cars across the metro-east.
 
The Metro-East Auto Theft Task Force took five teenagers, ages 15 to 17, into custody on Wednesday night. The teens were found with a stolen Dodge Intrepid. Investigators said they believe the teens are behind other car thefts and break-ins.
 
Collinsville Police are charging the teens with 15 break-ins - including 9 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Collinsville. Those break-ins happened around the same time as the break-ins as the Calvary Pentecostal Church. The two worship centers are within a mile of each other.
 
The oldest of the suspects is Devyon Smith, 17. He's charged with three counts of burglary in Collinsville.
 
St. Clair Sheriff's Investigators have also interviewed the suspects and are tying at least three of the other teenage suspects to break-ins at the Calvary Pentecostal church.
 
Illinois State Police crime scene investigators took fingerprints off of the cars at the church. Captain Steve Johnson said detectives were still investigating whether other teens were involved and whether the suspects in custody are behind other break-ins.

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