West teens charged in connection with Thanksgiving burglaries

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WEST, Texas (KWTX) Two teens who police said were ‘bored’ on Thanksgiving have been charged in connection with a series of burglaries in West.

Jacob Claridy, 17, was charged Wednesday with two counts of burglary of a motor vehicle, misdemeanors, and one count of theft of a firearm, a felony.

His bonds total $6,000.

Police said after warrants were issued, a grandparent brought him to the police station Wednesday afternoon and he was ‘very cooperative.’

Claridy remained in the McLennan County Jail Wednesday night waiting to be booked; jail officials said he would see a judge Thursday.

According to West Police Chief Darryl Barton, Claridy’s accomplice, who is now 17 but was 16 at the time, was charged in juvenile court Tuesday, but was released to his parents.

Police said they received numerous reports of vehicle and home burglaries overnight on Thanksgiving, mostly in the north side of town between the 800 and 1200 blocks of N. Reagan St.

In every case the vehicles were left unlocked, and the home was entered through an unlocked window, Barton said.

Claridy was one of the two original persons of interest in the case and was first arrested on unrelated drug charges before West police could pin down the additional charges.

“I’m proud of my officers and detective for working hard on processing a mountain of property evidence to build cases on each charge,” said Barton.

“It’s been a team effort and for our citizens that have stepped forward to help us as well.”

While the teens are charged in two cases, Barton believes they may be responsible for as many as 16 burglaries that night, so additional charges could still be on the way as those cases are investigated individually.

Both teenagers are from the West area, police said.