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2 teens face burglary charges

Two teens face burglary charges after officers caught them hiding in a drainage pipe near a crime scene Friday, Decatur police said.

The burglary took place at a storage building at 1814 Corrine Ave. S.W.

When Officers Mike Cowart and Ellie Green arrived, a witness pointed to a teen at the end of an alley as one of the suspects, said Sgt. Jeremy Hayes.

Cowart detained the 15-year-old male. As Green approached, two more teens darted from a drainage ditch, Hayes said.

Officers caught the two after a brief foot chase.

One was a 13-year-old male and the other was a 15-year-old male.

Hayes said investigation revealed that one of the 15-year-olds did not participate in the burglary.

The other two teens broke in and stole various items, then discarded some of the items during their flight, Hayes said.

Police charged both those teens with third-degree burglary and released them to their parents.

- Seth Burkett

2 men say friend robbed them

Two men reported being robbed late Wednesday by an acquaintance that had asked for gas money, Decatur police said.

Vincent Earl Boglin, 42, and Charles McGhee, 40, both of North Courtland told police the acquaintance flagged them down on Beltline Road Southwest at Old Moulton Street at about 11 p.m., telling them he was almost out of gas and needed money.

Boglin said he was about to hand the man some money when he noticed a handgun tucked under the manís arm, said Lt. Chris Mathews, a police spokesman.

The man allegedly stole an undisclosed amount of money from Boglin and McGhee, who then tried to follow him, Mathews said.

The victims flagged down a police officer at Valley Stockyard on Gordon Terry Parkway and filed a report.

While there, the officer learned that Boglin was wanted in Athens for failure to appear. He was taken into custody and turned over to Athens police.

- Seth Burkett

East Acres fire doused quickly

Decatur Fire and Rescue extinguished a fire Friday afternoon at an East Acres apartment at 1913 Locust St. S.E.

A department spokesman said neighbors saw the smoke at about 3:30 p.m. The fire apparently started in the bedroom. No one was at home at the time.

The department was still assessing damage.

Decatur Emergency Services and Decatur Utilities also responded to the incident.

- Bayne Hughes

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