CAMDEN, Maine — A joint effort by the Camden and Rockport police departments has led to a teenager being charged in connection with 50 motor vehicle break-ins.

Camden and Rockport Police Chief Randy Gagne said Tuesday that the joint investigation by officers from both departments including Detective Curt Andrick led to the 16-year-old Rockport male being charged earlier this week with 50 counts of burglary of motor vehicles. The youth is not being named since he is a juvenile.

The vehicle break-ins reported in both Rockport and Camden have occurred during the past few weeks. During the burglaries, damage was caused to some of the vehicles and small amounts of coins also were taken.

“The investigation was a result of eye-witness reports and physical evidence that was collected from the scenes,” Andrick said Wednesday. “I interviewed the juvenile with his parents, and he confessed.”

Gagne said that evidence obtained by both departments led to the identification of the suspect.

“Excellent work by the officers and detective working together,” the chief said.

The teen, who was not arrested, has been released to the custody of his parents, Andrick said Wednesday. The report will be referred to a juvenile probation officer and the Knox County District Attorney’s office.

“Obviously, the case is still ongoing and there could be additional charges,” Andrick said.