14-year-old charged for alleged role in St. Paul home burglaries

- A 14-year-old was charged for his alleged role in burglarizing several homes in St. Paul, part of a scheme where a group of young men go door-to-door soliciting donations under the guise of a nonexistent youth basketball program, officials said. 

Three juveniles were originally arrested, but the Ramsey County Attorney's office said it declined charges against two of the young men. 

The 14-year-old was charged with second-degree burglary and fifth-degree assault and will appear in court next on June 14.

Now, the St. Paul Police Department is asking residents to be on the lookout for suspicious activity after several more break-ins they believe can be traced back to the group.

They say the children are between 11 and 16 years old and typically go door-to-door around the Macalester-Groveland and Summit-University neighborhoods in the afternoon and evening hours handing out flyers, according to a release. If nobody is home they'll try to open doors and walk around the house looking for ways to enter.

Police are reminding residents to always lock their doors and watch neighbors' homes while they're away in the hopes that it will help them cut down on similar incidents in the future.

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