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Two teenage girls arrested after home invasion in Campbell

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CAMPBELL, Ohio - Three teenage girls are being held in Mahoning County's Juvenile Justice Center, two of them charged with aggravated burglary after allegedly breaking into a Campbell home with a gun as the residents were sleeping. The third teenager is charged with obstruction for allegedly trying to impede the police investigation.

Ron Kelly of Whipple Avenue says he's shocked to learn that the people accused of breaking into his home early Thursday morning, through an open window, as he and his daughter slept, were just 15 and 16-years-old.

"My daughter was in her room, and I was in my room. I'm glad we didn't wake up," Kelly said.

Campbell Police say the suspects were armed with a 9-millimeter handgun and willing to use it.

"Statements were taken that they were prepared to knock on a door and put a gun in someone's face and pretend like they needed help at four in the morning if they could not find a target to just burglarize," said Interim Campbell Police Chief Drew Rauzan.

The teenage suspects allegedly stole approximately $7,500 worth of gold jewelry from the Whipple Avenue home as well as an iPhone.

That iPhone became central to the investigation.

"When the victim called us, we had advised them to start, what's called "pinging" the cell phone," Detective-Sergeant John Russnak said. "iPhones have a unique feature where you can send out a signal and you can track where the phone is."

They got a hit on the exact location of the iPhone at a home on Sanderson Avenue, just two blocks away from the scene of the crime.

The elderly homeowner consented to a search, and the teenagers in the home denied any knowledge of the crime; however, evidence was found, including the iPhone, in one of the teenager's bedrooms.

Two teens have now confessed, with one detailing the operation in a nine-page statement.

Campbell Police say the girl's statements were chilling, Detective-Sergeant Rusnak says, "It turns out they had attempted a home invasion right before this one, where they busted out a window and waited to see if anybody woke up. Somebody did wake-up, so they left and decided to hit the Whipple Avenue house. They had planned to do another one after that."

Detectives reveal the teenagers were planning their crimes by messaging either other over what's called "Kik," an app that police say allows you to do messaging to each other, text messaging, but you can do it in groups.

When asked why the girls allegedly committed the crimes, "They wanted money. They said we wanted to get some money," Detective-Sergeant Rusnak said.

Police not only obtained confessions, and recovered all of the jewelry allegeldy stolen by the two of the suspects, they also recovered the handgun. It was stashed inside a box in the ceiling tiles of one of the girl's homes.

Interim Chief Rauzan says, "They have already eluded to the fact that this is not their first time doing these types of things. They made it clear from their confessions that there was going to be an easy way and a hard way, and that they were prepared to go the hard way which was robbing people, and that's why they had the loaded 9-millimeter."

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