Three Walla Walla emergency dispatchers helped officers catch three teens early Thursday when they watched them breaking into a convenience store across the street, authorities said.
Dispatchers were at work when they saw the teens go to Singer's Chevron at 12:10 a.m. and were able to provide real-time information to officers as the burglary unfolded, said Walla Walla police Officer Tim Bennett.
A 15-year-old boy reportedly smashed the window with a flashlight and a 14-year-old girl reached inside, grabbing six packages of cigars, Bennett said. The girl cut her hands on the broken glass during the process.
A 17-year-old girl later told officers that she reached into the store through the window, but didn't take anything, he said.
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The three teens fled down an alley north of the gas station, but they were quickly caught by officers.
The 14-year-old girl had her cuts treated by paramedics.
The three teens were then booked into the juvenile justice center on suspicion of second-degree burglary. The boy is also being held on suspicion of second-degree malicious mischief.
Damage to the window was estimated at $750.