A 16-year-old who lives in the Westminster area was arrested last week after he stole and crashed a 1994 Jeep Wrangler, police said.
The youth will be held by Juvenile Services until a hearing is held, police said.
State police said they were called Wednesday to a house on Gahle Court where a youth had been seen using a screwdriver to tamper with the ignitions of four vehicles.
The father of the owner of one of the automobiles chased the youth on foot from Gahle Court to a house on Tannery Road.
The teen-ager broke into the house and a nearby garage and stole the Jeep to escape, investigators said.
Westminster police, alerted to the incident, saw a car fitting the description of the stolen Jeep on Cranberry Road and pursued it.
The chase ended when the Jeep crashed, police said. The driver was not injured.
The youth, whose name was not released because of his age, was apprehended and charged with four counts of burglary, eight counts of attempted auto theft, six counts of malicious destruction of property under $300 and one charge over $300, auto theft and being a rogue and a vagabond, police said.