NEWTON, N.C., July 25 (UPI) -- Two North Carolina teens are likely facing criminal charges after police used text messages to link the pair to three robberies, officials said.
The case began when three business were robbed Tuesday in Catawba County, N.C., the Hckory (N.C.) Daily Record reported Thursday.
Police said they were able to track down a suspect at an apartment using information from the owners of the robbed businesses.
Officers said the 16-year-old suspect fled the scene when he saw police, but they were able to catch him hiding behind a nearby tree.
When police confiscated the suspect's cell phone, they communicated with anther suspect through text messages, convincing the 17-year-old to come to the scene.
Officials said they eventually found a nearby van containing most of the stolen items, including two laptop computers, a cash register and three helmets. Authorities said they also recovered several stolen vehicles.
The teens will probably be charged with breaking and entering, larceny and larceny of a motor vehicle, the Daily Record said.