Pair of teens charged in break-ins at gas station, market

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Two teenagers are in custody after law enforcement officials said they burglarized both the Kekis Mobile gas station early Sunday morning and then the Rome Habib Market, 301 Lawrence St., early this morning.

Police said the owner of the Rome Habib Market was in the store at the time and the suspects fired a pellet gun in his direction. No one was injured.

The identities of the 17-year-old men were not available because of their young ages, authorities said. They are expected to be charged with burglary and mischief, police stated.

According to police, the pair broke into Kekis Mobile gas station on West Dominick Street at about 5:30 a.m. Sunday and stole merchandise from inside. The store was closed at the time and nobody was there. Police said the two teens wore hooded sweatshirts with the hoods up and tied tight to conceal their faces.

Police said the pair then went to the Rome Habib Market at about 2 a.m. today and again forced their way inside the closed store. Police said the owner was in the store at the time and surprised the teens. Police said one of the teens had a pellet gun and he fired it towards the owner before they fled the store.

Responding officers found the two teens hiding in a nearby residence.

“They were able to follow the footprints in the snow,” explained Det. Sharon Rood.

Both teens were taken into custody and are scheduled to appear in court.

Police said there is so far no connection between this pair of burglaries and two similar business burglaries at Olney’s Flowers and Black River Wine & Spirits from early Friday morning. Those burglaries remain under investigation.

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