VALHALLA, N.Y. ? A 14-year-old former student at the Hawthorne Cedar Knolls School was arrested on burglary charges over the weekend. Mount Pleasant Police Chief Louis Alagno said he was responsible for as many as five commercial burglaries in Valhalla.
Police arrested the boy Saturday, Dec. 1, at around 1:45 a.m. while responding to a burglar alarm at the Lukoil gas station on Broadway in Valhalla. Alagno said that when officers arrived, teen was inside a shop at the station and in the process of burglarizing it.
Alagno said the youth was brought into Mount Pleasant Family Court, where it was found that he originally gave a false name. Mount Pleasant detectives later determined that the boy was responsible for burglaries at other businesses along Broadway, including two previous burglaries at the Lukoil and a burglary at Valhalla News, Alagno said.
The thefts included cigarettes and other small items as well as an undisclosed amount of cash.
The juvenile was charged with five counts of burglary and providing a false written statement. Based on his age, he will be charged as a juvenile delinquent. He is currently being held at the Woodfield Cottage Center Juvenile Facility in Valhalla.
Alagno said the juvenile is a runaway from the Hawthorne Cedar Knolls School and has not been present at the facility for an extended period of time.