Cops Nab 16-Y/O Car Thieves

Juvenile Delinquents also linked to numerous other vehicle thefts

On July 23 at 5:58 a.m., Charles County Sheriff’s officers responded to a residence in the 2200 block of Dryden Court in Waldorf for the report of a stolen vehicle. The investigation revealed that the victim heard a loud noise, looked outside and saw her 1999 Dodge Intrepid being driven away. Police communications officers dispatched a lookout for the vehicle and officers located it traveling on Acton Lane toward Crain Highway. They attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver refused and the vehicle continued into Prince George’s County. Another officer deployed stop sticks on Branch Avenue near Burch Hill Road in Clinton. The vehicle struck the stop sticks and stopped in a grass median at the intersection of Surratts Road and Branch Avenue.

The two occupants fled the vehicle on foot but were quickly apprehended. They were identified as a 16-year-old Capitol Heights boy and a 16-year-old Clinton boy and were charged as juveniles with motor vehicle theft, theft valued at more than $500, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and theft scheme valued at more than $500. The Clinton boy, who was driving the vehicle, was also charged with fleeing police in a vehicle, fleeing police on foot and reckless driving.

Officers later linked the accused to additional motor vehicle thefts including a 1999 Dodge Caravan that was parked in front of a residence in Prince George’s County. Charles County Sheriff’s officers recovered the Caravan in the 10500 block of Beechwood Drive in Waldorf on July 23 at 8 a.m. after a citizen called to report it was parked there and looked suspicious. The accused also stole a 2000 Dodge Neon parked outside a residence in the 10700 block of Cedarwood Drive in Waldorf sometime after 10:15 p.m. July 22.

The accused were additionally charged with two counts each of motor vehicle theft, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, theft valued at more than $500, theft scheme valued at more than $500 and rogue and vagabond. They are believed to be involved in other thefts in Prince George’s County as well. Officers E. Baker, J. Williams, M. Kennedy and J. Timko investigated.

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