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MANSFIELD -- Three juvenile males may be charged with breaking and entering into the EK Market early Thursday morning.

Richland County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to 929 Springmill Road at 1:44 a.m. due to an alarm at the business and also a caller, who said he observed two subjects running near Fairfax Avenue.

The caller said he lost sight of them at about the same time as the alarm sounded.

Deputies checked the area, but could not locate the subjects, according to a sheriff's department press release.

Deputies spoke with witnesses and the market's owner. They reviewed store video, which showed three juveniles breaking into the store.

Deputies later made contact on Trimble Road with three juveniles, believed to be 13 to 14 years old, who matched the description of the suspects seen on the video.

As the suspects were being taken back to the market, "deputies discovered further information that these were the same subjects involved in the break-in," according to the press release.

The trio was taken to the sheriff's department and were interviewed after their parents arrived. The juveniles were then released to their parents.

Deputies took photos of the scene and collected evidence. The video will also be submitted as evidence, the sheriff's office said.

The case will be forwarded to the Richland County Prosecutor's Office for review.

Staff Reporter

Noah Jones is host to The Open Mic Podcast -- available on Apple Podcasts! He is the crime, education and music reporter for Richland Source. He is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and a giant Cardinals fan.

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