File photo: Denise Civiletti

Two juvenile residents of Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch were arrested today and charged with attempted burglary after they were caught breaking into a card shop in a Route 58 shopping center earlier this month, according to Riverhead Police.

The two juveniles, a 14-year-old male and a 16-year-old male, were found at Bapa Card and Gift’s at the Riverhead Plaza Shopping Center on Old Country Road by officers responding to a commercial burglary alarm triggered at around 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, police said. Patrol officers found a window at the front of the store broken and stopped both teens at the rear of the store, police said.

Both juveniles were identified as residents of Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch, a group home close by in Riverhead, who had left without permission. They were briefly detained before being released to Timothy Hill staff after it was determined that further investigation was needed, police said. 

The juveniles were arrested today after the investigation by the Riverhead detectives concluded. Both were charged with Attempted Burglary in the 3rd degree, a class D felony, and released on a desk appearance ticket to the Timothy Hill staff, police said. 

The 14-year-old juvenile has a future court date at Suffolk County Family Court, while the 16-year-old juvenile has a future court date at the Suffolk County Supreme Court Youth Part, according to police.

The names and photos of the juveniles were not disclosed by police.

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