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.
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.