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July 11, 2014

Teens charged in automobile theft

VALDOSTA — A resident’s quick response to her car being stolen and a police officer’s keen eye led to the arrest of two teenagers earlier this week, according to the Valdosta Police Department Thursday.

One of the teens has been connected to similar auto thefts in the city.

At 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, a woman reported her 2014 Honda Pilot as stolen from along the 3000 block of Schroer Drive. She told responding VPD officers that she had started the car to cool it off. She went back inside of her residence, and upon her return outside, the car was gone.

The VPD issued a be-on-the-lookout for the stolen vehicle. Capt. Mathew O’Steen, a VPD patrol supervisor, heard the BOLO while on patrol. He spotted a matching vehicle along the 2400 block of Seth Place.

Two juveniles, a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old, were in the Honda Pilot, according to police reports.

Both juveniles are charged with theft by taking motor vehicle in connection to the stolen vehicle.

During an interview with VPD detectives, investigators learned one of the juveniles had been involved with the double theft of another vehicle in March.

“The first incident occurred after the vehicle had been left running unattended,” according to VPD reports. “That vehicle was located and recovered, but the keys were not. Several days later, the vehicle was stolen again, but was located and recovered a couple days later.”

This juvenile is charged with two additional counts of theft by taking motor vehicle, according to reports.

“Another good example of the community working with the police department and officers like Capt. Mathew O’Steen, being proactive and helping solve additional crimes,” Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress said in a statement Thursday.

Anyone having any further information regarding this crime or any other crime may contact the Valdosta Police Department, (229) 293-3145; or can remain anonymous, (229) 293-3091.

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