Charleston police have arrested a 16-year-old boy and charged him with breaking into cars, spokesman Charles Francis said today.

The teen was arrested minutes after police dispatchers received a telephone call about four suspicious males looking into cars on Lowndes Pointe Drive Wednesday night, Francis said.

The neighborhood is near the Ashley River.

The teen was charged with two counts of breaking into a motor vehicle and larceny and released into the custody of his mother. His name was not released because he is a juvenile.

According to Francis, officers responding to the scene saw the teen leaving the subdivision on foot and initiated a consensual stop. Officers found a large amount of coins in all four of his pants pockets and a pair of sunglasses. He said the coins were from his piggy bank and he was in the subdivision visiting his grandmother.The investigation revealed that the coins and sunglasses were taken from two unlocked cars on Lowndes Pointe Drive and that his grandmother didn’t live in the subdivision, Francis said. One of the victims from the break-ins came to the scene and positively identified the sunglasses as his property, according to police.

The investigation is ongoing.