September 18, 2014

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Teens accused of crime spree


13-year-old, 14-year-old stole car, committed break-ins, police say

WELLINGTON — Two boys, barely in their teens, drove 120 miles in a stolen car and are suspects in several break-ins in the Wellington area, police said.

A 14-year-old Wellington boy, already on probation, and a 13-year-old Elyria boy admitted to taking the car and breaking into a gas station, Wellington police Chief Steve Rollins said.

The boys were questioned Monday after a Chevrolet Impala was in the driveway of the Elyria boy’s home. The speedometer showed the boys drove 120 miles between the time the car went missing shortly before midnight Sunday and when it turned up in Elyria about 9 a.m. Monday, Rollins said.

The boys also admitted being involved in an Aug. 24 break-in at Whitney’s Marathon, Rollins said.

The 14-year-old Wellington boy has been charged with receiving stolen property involving a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony, said Domestic Relations Court Administrator Doug Messer.

Prosecutors are still reviewing the 13-year-old’s file for possible charges, Messer said.

Elyria police found the car after the Wellington boy’s mother called to report her son was missing. The boy’s sister told police that the Impala, which she did not recognize, was parked in her driveway in Elyria.

When Elyria officers arrived, the car had been moved to another residence, but the keys were found in the home where the 14-year-old boy was staying, according to a police report.

The teens are suspects in break-ins at Paintball World, the American Legion Pavilion and the Dollar General store, all in Wellington, according to Rollins.

Wellington and Elyria police also are investigating the teens’ possible involvement in incidents where items were taken from vehicles.

Contact Cindy Leise at 653-6250 or cleise@chroniclet.com.