Two stores downtown Washington were targeted by would-be thieves Friday, according to police.
The Washington Police Department says they arrested 16-year-old Joshua Kent Beaman of Greenville and 17-year-old Michael Ballantyne West Main St. in Washington. Police say the two teens were trying to break into a jewelry store in downtown Washington. Both are charged with felony attempted breaking and entering and resisting arrest. Beaman was additionally charged with damage to property.
Police say there was another attempted break-in at a retail store on East Main St. at 2 a.m. Friday. Police say they arrested 17-year-old Migual Mejia Govea of Jack St. and 17-year-old Justice Maurice Blow of South Asbury Church Rd. in Washington. Both teens were charged with attempted felony breaking and entering. Police say they were also charged with felony breaking and entering and felony larceny related to an earlier incident at the same store.
The investigations are continuing and additional charges are expected.
Police say an off-duty officer from Chocowinity assisted on his way home from work.
“A combination of proactive patrol and excellent communication with Washington Police and Beaufort County Sheriff’s Deputies resulted in a lot of work last night,” Lt. William Chrismon said in a press release.