A group of five teenagers were arrested early Saturday morning and charged with second degree burglary, after an eyewitness said they saw the group break into Smoke 4 Less, 1110 W. Harmony Street.
According to a release from the Neosho Police Department, the eyewitness called 911 around 2:13 a.m.
Saturday and said he saw a group of male subjects break out the front glass of the business. The suspects then gained entry into the building.
The eyewitness was able to provide officers with a vehicle description and direction of travel. Neosho Police Officer Rodney Howe responded to the area and located the suspects fleeing.
Howe and Officer Jason Francis stopped the suspects on Neosho Boulevard, near Hill Street.
At that time, officers located several items of merchandise in the vehicle that were suspected as being stolen from Smoke 4 Less.
Officers arrested Austin B. Mitchell, of Neosho, Jacob L Charlton, of Miami, Okla., Hayden C. Childers, of Miami, Okla., Austin L. Wyrick, 17 of Miami, and Jacob D. Zeller, of Neosho. All five suspects are 17 years old.
All five suspects were identified by the eyewitness.
This is the second time this year that Smoke 4 Less has been burglarized, after burglars broke in and stole "several hundred dollars worth of merchandise" in early February.
Doug Lewis, business owner, told the Daily News in February that at 4 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 4, a burglar bashed in the side door of his business with rocks and two-by-fours.
He said at the time that it appeared only one individual had entered the store.