Two West teenagers were detained Friday morning after several vehicles and a home were burglarized overnight on Thanksgiving, West Police Chief Darryl Barton said.

Police started getting calls at about 7 a.m. Friday from owners of vehicles that had been broken into on the north side of West, Barton said. At least nine vehicles and one home were burglarized, he said. The home and all the vehicles were unlocked.

Police identified Jacob Claridy, 17, and a 16-year-old boy as suspects in the burglaries, Barton said. Officers detained the 16-year-old for questioning and later released him to his parents.

Claridy had marijuana when police went to interview him, and he was arrested on a Class B misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession, Barton said. He was taken to McLennan County Jail on Friday afternoon.

Items taken during the burglaries included cash, purses, cellphones and credit cards, among others, Barton said.

Both boys had items taken from the cars and home when police spoke with them, he said. The investigation remains ongoing, and additional arrests remain pending, Barton said.

“West is blessed with a low crime rate, but crime can happen anywhere and definitely at any time,” Barton said. “We hope residents will remember to secure their vehicles and their homes all year.”

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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