Two juveniles, ages 12 and 13, face charges after leading authorities on a pursuit and in connection with the theft of a Black Hills Energy truck.
Scottsbluff Police Capt. Tony Straub said the two juveniles, who were runaways, were arrested on charges of motor vehicle theft, no operator’s license, flight to avoid arrest and willful reckless driving.
On Tuesday morning, about 2 a.m., Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s deputies investigated a report of a stolen vehicle at a Melbeta home. Deputies learned that another vehicle had been abandoned that had been stolen earlier in Scottsbluff near to where the second vehicle was stolen. The second vehicle stolen was identified as a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado belonging to Black Hills Energy.
A Scottsbluff Police officer observed the Silverado in the area of the Bluffs Middle School about a half-hour later. The officer saw another vehicle in the area and as officers attempted to stop the driver of the stolen vehicle, both drivers fled. Officers pursued the vehicles on 23rd Street to Fifth Avenue and north on Fifth Avenue to Hwy 26. The pursuit continued on Hwy 26 westbound where the second vehicle, a Dodge 3500 pickup, experienced mechanical problems and the driver pulled to the side of the road. The juvenile was taken into custody.
The driver of the stolen Black Hills Energy pickup continued west on Highway 26 to Spring Creek Road and then into the east side of Mitchell where the suspect abandoned the vehicle. Authorities located the driver nearby and took that juvenile into custody.
Police learned the Dodge pickup had been stolen from the Holiday Inn parking lot Monday night.
At the time of contact with the juveniles it was found the Dodge pickup truck involved in the pursuit had been stolen earlier in the evening from the Scottsbluff Holiday Inn parking lot. The juveniles also had in their possession keys belonging to two unknown vehicles. The juveniles were charged with Motor Vehicle Theft, No Operators License, Flight to Avoid Arrest and Willful Reckless Driving.
Police also obtained keys to the vehicles that were in the juveniles possession.
Straub said he reminds people not to leave keys in their vehicles to avoid theft.