Friday, April 29, 2011

Arrest Made of 14-Year Old Juvenile for Unlawful Taking of a Motor Vehicle; Other Offenses - News Release

City of Takoma Park Police Department
* 7500 Maple Avenue * Takoma Park, Md 20912

For more information contact:
Public Information Officer (PIO)
Catherine Plevy, 301/891.7142 or 240/338.2901

April 29, 2011 (10:10 a.m.)

Chief Ronald A. Ricucci of the Takoma Park Police Department announces the arrest of a 14-year old male juvenile of Washington, D.C., for unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, theft over and attempted theft.

On April 28, 2011, at approximately 2:35 a.m., Takoma Park Police responded to the 6600 block of New Hampshire Avenue (Redline Motorsports) for a theft in progress. The owner of the business observed two black male suspects attempt to steal a mini dirt bike from his business. The suspects were lifting the bike over a pick-up truck used to block overstocked bikes. Upon arrival, officers observed a 2001 blue Dodge Intrepid with temporary D.C. tags parked on the south side of the business. The driver’s side window was partially down and the engine was running. The ignition was punched and there was a screwdriver lying on the driver’s side front seat. Officers proceeded to the rear of the business and observed a black male running from the business. The suspect was quickly apprehended. The second suspect fled and is still at large. Montgomery County K-9 unit was dispatched to search the area. A track was conducted north through the woods running parallel with New Hampshire Avenue. An item of evidentiary value was located during the track, but the suspect was not located. A check of the vehicle revealed that it had been stolen out of the District of Columbia. A review of the surveillance video showed the two male suspects pulling up to the business and getting out of the stolen vehicle.

The 14-year old juvenile was arrested and charged accordingly. He was released to the custody of a parent.