Police made arrests Sunday in their investigation of two recent incidents in which youths attacked other juveniles and stole their starter sports jackets.
A 16-year-old North Laurel youth and a 16-year-old Highland youth were charged in the first attack, on Centennial Lane in Ellicott City, police said.
A 15-year-old North Laurel youth was charged in that incident and in a later attack on Whiskey Bottom Road in North Laurel.
Police say they recovered the jackets and charged the youths with robbery. They were released to their parents' custody. More arrests are likely, police said.
The popular jackets have become targets for thieves. On Sunday, two teens were knocked to the ground and robbed of their jackets in Baltimore, and in December three teens in Severna Park were robbed of the jackets at gunpoint.
The jackets feature the logos of sports teams and sell for between $100 and $200.
The first theft Friday occurred at 11 a.m. in the 4200 block of Centennial Lane when two ninth-grade brothers at Centennial High School were attacked by a group of about seven older students, police said.
After a brief conversation, one victim was punched and kicked, police said. When he fell to the ground, the attackers stole his $125 blue Florida Marlins starter jacket. When his brother tried to help, he was attacked, police said.
The assailants fled in a beige vehicle, police said.
The first victim was taken to Howard County General Hospital and treated for minor facial injuries, police said.
The second attack occurred at about 12:25 p.m. Friday at Whiskey Bottom and Northgate roads in North Laurel when a 14-year-old Laurel boy was attacked while walking to a bus stop, police said.
One of four teens at the bus stop struck him once in the face and several times in the chest.
The attacker shouted, "Give up your jacket," police said.
After taking the victim's $130 San Francisco 49ers starter jacket, the group fled on foot.