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Posted: Thursday, January 6, 2011 3:41 am | Updated: 1:54 pm, Wed Dec 26, 2012.

FAIRBANKS — Two Fairbanks teens accused of breaking into Chena Ridge area homes Tuesday afternoon told Alaska State Troopers they were motivated by boredom and a television show about burglaries.

Jasmine L. States, 19, was arraigned Wednesday on felony charges of first-degree and second-degree burglary, as well as misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree theft and possession of burglary tools. The 16-year-old arrested with her, who troopers only identified by her initials because of her age, is being held at the Fairbanks Youth Facility on a charge of second-degree burglary.

Troopers first received a call at about 2:30 p.m. from a woman on Old Chena Ridge Road who was concerned about a white car driving around her home. She was able to spot the license plate, which was traced back to States, but the car soon left.

About 20 minutes later, troopers received a second call from a “frantic” woman living on Kentshire Drive who heard noises outside and saw a woman in a hoodie walking out of her detached garage.

She confronted the woman, who she identified as States, who then got in a white car and sped away.

The only things reported missing from the garage were two boxes of cherry Swisher Sweets cigars and a wrench worth about $35, according to charging documents.

After receiving the second report, troopers called for assistance from University of Alaska Fairbanks police, who quickly spotted States’ car heading eastbound on Geist Road near Fairbanks Street.

Inside the car, police found the wrench, the cigars and a four-foot long copper pipe.

States and the 16-year-old confessed to being at both homes. States told authorities she entered the Kentshire Drive garage through an open door, but a locked door prevented the pair from getting into the Chena Ridge Road home.

States also told troopers she and the other girl were bored and had been watching a television show about burglaries when they decided to go break into homes.

The younger teen told troopers they brought the pipe with them to break windows and pry open doors, according to charging documents.

States also is suspected of stealing a jacket worth about $50 from Beaver Sports last September, according to troopers. She has no other criminal record in Alaska.

Contact staff writer Chris Freiberg at 459-7545.

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