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Four teens charged in Gainesville burglaries
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Four people have been charged in a series of burglaries that took place this spring in the Willow Ridge subdivision.

Gainesville police have arrested Marbin Ernesto Escobar, 17, of Gainesville, and three Gainesville juveniles, ages 15 to 16.

Escobar has been charged with two counts of burglary.

A 16-year-old has been charged with three counts of burglary and one count of criminal trespass.

Another 16-year-old has been charged with two counts of burglary.

And a 15-year-old has been charged with three counts of burglary and one count each of criminal trespass and theft by deception.

Residents at the subdivision, which is off Old Flowery Branch Road near the Flat Creek Water Reclamation Facility, have reported six daytime burglaries between April 7 and May 13, said Lt. Carol Martin of Gainesville police’s Criminal Investigations Division.

The arrests, announced Monday, were based on evidence recovered at crime scenes and through numerous interviews, Martin said.

Items taken from the homes included flat-screen televisions, a stereo system, a PlayStation 2 game system and jewelry.

Investigators were able to recover all the property taken, except for one laptop computer and two pieces of jewelry, Martin said.

The total value of items recovered was $5,340.

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