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Authorities recover stolen property from about 150 car break-ins throughout the Tri-State

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CINCINNATI -- Items stolen during about 150 recent car break-ins throughout the Tri-State have been recovered, the Butler County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday.

Deputies said a tip from a citizen helped authorities complete a week-long investigation that culminated Wednesday in the arrest of two teens and a woman.

“These ‘kids’ were hitting 20 to 30 cars a night all over the Tri-State area for quite a while,” Butler County Sheriff Richard K Jones said in a release. “I guess they thought it was pretty easy. But you know, committing crimes in Butler County usually catches up to you sooner or later. We have just proved that again.”

Investigators said the recovered property was stolen from the West Chester, Oxford and Liberty Township areas in Butler County, as well as Mason, Carlisle, Franklin, Madeira, Cleves and Colerain Township.  

Authorities from several agencies are now working to match stolen property to victims. 

The property recovered includes items like cell phones, wallets, purses, credit cards, handguns, cameras, Garmins, iPods and pocket knives. 

Not all recovered property has been identified, officials said, and not every recent car break-in has been solved. 

Any recent victims from the affected areas are asked to check with their own local law enforcement agencies and have them contact Sgt. Rick Bucheit at 513-785-1208 to determine if some of their property might have been recovered.

The juveniles arrested -- both 17-year-old boys from Hamilton -- have each been charged with felony counts of receiving stolen property and theft in Butler County Juvenile Court. 

Hamilton resident Courtney Pratt, 23, has been charged with felony receiving stolen property and misdemeanor misuse of a credit card. Additional charges will likely result in charges from several other jurisdictions.

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