Four teenage boys were arrested on attempted burglary-related offenses after a neighbor saw them trying to break into a Mesa house on Monday. Two of the boys threatened to kill the officers and told them they would do whatever it took to go to prison, police said.
The four boys were arrested about 11:45 a.m. on Monday after police responded to a report of a burglary in the 3100 block of East Ellis from a neighbor who saw them trying to break into a home by removing a window screen.
Police detained three of the boys as they were walking away from the residence, and caught the fourth one hiding under a recreational vehicle in a nearby backyard after a brief foot chase.
The boys, ranging from 14 to 17 years old, also were arrested on criminal trespassing-related offenses and one of them was in possession of prescription narcotics, police said.