Juveniles arrested following crime spree

Published 2:42 pm Thursday, May 16, 2019

Three juveniles have been arrested following a crime spree that included tampering with motor vehicles, a recovered stolen vehicle and theft of motor vehicles, according to a city press release.

Suffolk Police were first contacted by an observant citizen early Wednesday morning. Police responded to the area of Patriots Walke Drive after individuals were seen pulling on vehicle door handles in the Patriots Walke neighborhood at approximately 3:30 a.m., the press release stated.

Three male juveniles, one age 16 and two age 17, were apprehended. Preliminary investigation determined that they had come into the city in a vehicle that had been stolen from Norfolk, according to the press release.

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One of the juveniles was in possession of a key of a vehicle that was stolen from Suffolk, and it was determined that they had stolen property from approximately 15 to 20 unlocked vehicles in the area.

All three juveniles were charged with tampering with motor vehicles, motor vehicle theft, grand larceny, conspiracy to commit larceny, possession of stolen vehicle and larceny with intent to sell. Virginia State Code prohibits law enforcement from identifying juveniles charged with a criminal offense, the press release stated.

Detention orders were granted for all three juveniles, and they have been remanded to the custody of the Chesapeake Detention Center. The investigation remains ongoing, as additional victims continue to contact police to report their vehicles had been tampered with in the area, the press release stated.