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St. Petersburg burglaries: parents recognize son in police surveillance video

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A teen turned himself in to St. Petersburg Police after his parents recognized him in surveillance video of a car burglary. A teen turned himself in to St. Petersburg Police after his parents recognized him in surveillance video of a car burglary.

Two St. Petersburg teenagers suspected in a string of vehicle burglaries and acts of vandalism have turned themselves in to St. Petersburg Police.

Andrew Tyler Brent, 15, and Sean Douglas Roy, 15, both face nine counts of auto burglary. Investigators say the crimes happened in the early morning hours of Nov. 30 in the Yacht Club Estates neighborhood near Treasure Island. Of the vehicles that were burglarized, all were unlocked and loose cash and purses were taken and paint was scratched off some of the vehicles with a metal object.

Police released surveillance video which captured the duo in the act and Brent's parents recognized their son in the video and called authorities. 

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"Unfortunately, I guess it was the parents who actually picked up on this, spotted the video on television, recognized that their son was involved. They confronted him and he ended up admitting to the fact that he and a friend had gone out that night and broke into several cars," said St. Petersburg Police Spokesman Mike Puetz.

Puetz says Brent actually lives in that subdivision.

"That one boy does live in that neighborhood and consequently, of course, everyone in the neighborhood is going to be aware of the fact he went out and did this. So you know, for the parents, ultimately they were able to get over that and do what we feel is the right thing."

A man who answered the door at Brent's home said he had no comment. 

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