Police charge two juveniles in car theft and stealing from parked vehicles

By Amanda Klein | August 23, 2018

Pittsburgh police on Tuesday arrested one 12-year-old male after officers observed him driving what turned out to be a stolen SUV on Penn Avenue in East Liberty. An 11-year-old male who was a passenger in the SUV was also arrested.

Police said they became focused on the 2016 red Ford SUV while on patrol when they pulled alongside the vehicle and, “observed that the driver appeared far too young to be operating a motor vehicle.” A computer check indicated that the vehicle was reported stolen.

“The driver of the stolen SUV was so focused on the police car next to him that he drove right into the car in front of him,” police said. At that point three juvenile males fled from the SUV down Broad street.

The 11-year-old after running through a nearby house ran out the back door, “into the loving arms of a few Zone 5 officers who had the house surrounded and were waiting for him,” police wrote in a Facebook posting.  Police also apprehended the driver who was hiding behind a nearby firehouse.

Police found stolen credit cards on the passenger that were taken from a parked vehicle on Penn Avenue and video footage captured the pair ransacking another car that was parked nearby.

After police found out that the 12-year-old had a warrant for his arrest out of Westmoreland County, he was taken to Shuman Detention Center. The 11 year-old was turned over to a parent after processing.

Both will face hearings in juvenile court for theft and related offenses.

Amanda Klein can be contacted at amanda.klein@grantstreetnews.com



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