Jeffersonville police say 2 teens responsible for multiple car break-ins


by WHAS11

Posted on July 10, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 10 at 6:02 PM

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Two southern Indiana teenagers are behind bars, accused of breaking into more than a dozen cars across the City of Jeffersonville, including a police cruiser.

Leon Gallahar's son is just one of many who fell victim to auto break-ins in the affluent Whispering Oaks subdivision in Jeffersonville.

"I guess some teenagers have no fear of anything. We came out and checked it. A bunch of stuff was gone. Face plate, his radio and snap back hats," Gallahar said.

Police said 18-year-old Aaron Higgins and 18-year-old Christian Stites were arrested on initial charges of possession of stolen property, burglary, auto theft and criminal recklessness.

Detectives said the duo even had the audacity to target a police cruiser.

"There was property stolen out of multiple vehicles and the Jeffersonville police vehicle," Det. Todd Hollis said.  

The pair's focus? Downtown and the East End of Jeffersonville off Salem-Noble Road. Accused of breaking into a total of 16 to 20 cars overnight from midnight on June 30 to 4 a.m. July 1. Detectives said what tipped them off was a stolen truck from Chippewa Drive found in Whispering Oaks.

Gallahar said he is relieved the teens are off the streets, but also said he felt violated and wants his son's possessions back. He said the pair targeted the wrong neighborhood.

"There's a couple officers that live down the street, a detective and former police chief that lives down at the corner," Gallahar said.

The teenagers are due in Clark County court Thursday afternoon and could face additional charges.