Published: Jul 10, 2012 11:14 AM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Cape Coral Police have arrested two juveniles in connection with dozens of vehicle burglaries and two arson cases. The 17-year-olds were arrested in the early morning hours of July 9th.

Detectives have been piecing together numerous vehicle burglaries over the last month and two vehicles that were set on fire. Detectives found a link in the crimes and believed that they were being committed by the same individual or small group of individuals.

Investigators shared their intelligence on the suspects with patrol officers on the street and officers began to look for the suspects in the areas that had been hit. Officers especially looked in the early morning hours (after midnight, before sunrise) for the suspects.

On Monday July 9th at approximately 3:45 a.m., officers received a call about a car alarm activation. The car’s owner reported that he heard his alarm going off and when he went to investigate, he discovered that someone had broken into his car.

Officers converged on the area and set up a perimeter. A short time later, officers saw the suspects running. After a brief foot chase, the suspects were apprehended. Upon being interviewed by detectives, the teenagers admitted to committing dozens of burglaries over the past month.