Man sees stolen car in Suffolk

Published 11:12 pm Friday, February 22, 2013

The Portsmouth victim of an auto theft spotted his car on Thursday in Suffolk, leading to the arrest of four teens and the recovery of his vehicle.

Portsmouth police received a call about 5 p.m. on Tuesday from the victim, who had returned to his home in the 4100 block of Forresthills Drive to find the rear door damaged. The perpetrators had taken computer equipment and money from the house and the 1998 Toyota 4Runner from the garage, according to a news release from the Portsmouth Police Department.



On Feb. 21 about 11 a.m., the victim was traveling in the area of College Drive and Harbour View Boulevard in Suffolk when he saw his vehicle occupied by four people and traveling south toward Route 17. The victim notified police dispatch and continued to follow the vehicle, which stopped at the Navy Federal Credit Union on High Street in Portsmouth.

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Police arrived and took the four occupants — ages 15, 18 and two 17-year-olds — into custody. All are charged with burglary and grand larceny. The 18-year-old, Emmanuel Mustin, of the 3900 block of Forresthills Drive, also is charged with three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Police withheld the identities of the minors.

Officers also found two black pellet pistols inside the vehicle. They closely resembled real semi-automatic handguns, according to the news release.