Several teens charged in Columbia auto thefts

June 02, 1993|By Staff Report

Several teen-agers were charged in separate auto thefts in Columbia early Friday, police said.

In one case, an officer stopped a Honda Accord about 3:45 a.m. Friday in the 5900 block of Turnabout Lane, police said.

When the officer approached the car, he noticed that the lock of the driver's-side door had been tampered with, police said. Upon checking, he learned the car had been stolen from the 10000 block of Windstream Drive. The officer recovered two screwdrivers believed to have been used to open the car, police said.

The three occupants, ages 15, 16, and 17, each were charged with auto theft, and with being a rogue and vagabond. The passengers were released to the custody of their parents. The driver, the 16-year-old, was turned over to the Department of Juvenile Services.

Because the youths were charged as juveniles, their names were not released.

About 30 minutes later, an officer responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle, a 1988 Acura Legend that was parked with its lights on and its engine running in the 10300 block of Twin Rivers Road, police said.

The officer determined that the car had been reported stolen from the 10500 block of Jason Lane, police said. A 15-year-old Prince George's youth who was walking in a parking lot was detained and later charged with stealing the car. He was released to his parents' custody. Police said he knew the group arrested in connection with the theft on Turnabout Lane.

In an unrelated incident, police arrested a 16-year-old Laurel teen-ager suspected of trying to steal a 1986 Pontiac Fiero about 4:30 a.m. Thursday in the 8300 block of Mary Lee Lane in North Laurel.

The Fiero's owner heard someone starting an engine on a parking lot, looked outside and saw that someone was in his car, police said.

The owner ran outside, grabbed the suspect and detained him until police arrived. The would-be auto thief threatened the owner with a screwdriver he had used to break into the car, police said.

The teen-ager was taken to Howard County General Hospital after suffering a seizure, police said. He was charged with vehicle theft and assault with a deadly weapon, the screwdriver.

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