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Boys sought in attempted city break-in

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A Fredericksburg man was watching television Sunday evening when he looked outside and saw two children trying to break into his home, police said.

The incident occurred about 7 p.m. on Jessis Avenue in The Preserve at Smith Run subdivision off Cowan Boulevard, police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said. The 26-year-old victim reported that he was in his living room when he heard a noise on the side of his house.

He looked out and saw two juveniles trying to break into a side window. They couldn’t, so they went to the front of the house and began kicking on the front door.

The resident opened the door and the two youths ran. Two other boys who’d been standing in the front yard also took off running, police said.

The victim got in his car and went looking for the boys. He soon spotted the two who he’d seen standing in the front yard at the basketball court in front of Heritage Park Apartments.

The man called police and kept them in sight. An officer arrived and talked to the boys, ages 10 and 14. Both were later turned over to their parents with referrals to juvenile intake.

Bledsoe said police have not positively identified the two boys who were seen trying to break in, but have possible first names. Those boys are believed to be in the same age range as the two who have been identified.

All of the boys live in that part of the city, Bledsoe said.

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