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Teens charged in January car theft

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – Three local teenagers have been charged in connection with a string of motor vehicle burglaries and an auto theft in January.

Amber N. Morgan, 17, of Sycamore, Janathan J. Turner, 18, of DeKalb and Ashley L. Wendling, 19, of DeKalb were all charged with possession of a stolen or converted motor vehicle – a Class 2 felony typically punishable by up to 7 years in prison.

Sycamore police detective Sgt. Rod Swartzendruber said the three teenagers are believed to have burglarized multiple vehicles on the 400 block of Edward Street in Sycamore on the night of Jan. 5 and early morning Jan. 6. Swartzendruber said small items, a GPS system and keys to a 2003 Subaru were stolen during the spree.

The teens then allegedly stole the Subaru the next night. Swartzendruber said the vehicle was found undamaged Jan. 10. DeKalb police notified Sycamore police that Turner and Wendling could be suspects, as they were being held in DeKalb County Jail for a motor vehicle theft that occurred in DeKalb.

After interviews with the suspects, warrants were issued for their arrest Feb. 11, Swartzendruber said. All three remain in custody. Morgan is being held on $10,000 bond while Turner and Wendling are being held on $15,000 bond.

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