Teens arrested for smoke shop break-in

Two teenagers were arrested after throwing a rock through the glass front door of Smokes Plus.

Two teenagers were arrested after throwing a rock through the glass front door of Smokes Plus in Oak Harbor, according to court documents.

At 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 21, Oak Harbor police officers responded to a report of a burglary at the smoke shop on Midway Boulevard. A witness reported seeing three people throw something through the glass door and walk inside, according to an officer’s report on the case.

A video from the business showed three people wearing masks approach the store. The video showed one of the suspects, later identified as a 15-year-old boy, throwing a rock at the glass front door multiple times, eventually breaking it, according to the officer’s report. The boy and another suspect, later identified as a 13-year-old boy, kicked and pulled on the glass to enlarge the opening.

The three individuals cane be seen running to the side of the building when a car drove by. The 15-year-old boy returned to the door, kicked the glass and entered the building for about 30 seconds, the officer’s report states.

A few hours later, an officer saw the 15-year-old and 13-year-old boys walking on Highway 20 and recognized them from the distinctive clothes they were wearing in the surveillance video, the report states.

An officer searched the two boys and found a vape in the pocket of the younger boy and a large rock in the other boy’s backpack.

The two boys were arrested on suspicion of burglary in the second degree and malicious mischief in the first degree. A third suspect has not been arrested but officers are following up on information.

The owner of the business said the replacement cost of the door was in excess of $10,000.

The police report states that the older boy has extensive involvement with law enforcement, is a chronic runaway and was expelled from school last week. The officer recommended that he be held in detention.

In Island County Juvenile Court, a judge on Sept. 22 found probable cause existed to believe the two boys committed the crimes of commercial burglary in the second degree and malicious mischief in the first degree. The judge set the 15-year-old boy’s bail at $500 and the younger boy was released into the custody of a parent.