Three juveniles suspected of stealing two vehicles from the parking lot of a local convenience store at the same time on Sunday are now behind bars. One was apprehended in Statesboro, while the other two fled into Screven County and were arrested there, police said.
Around 7 a.m. Sunday, Statesboro police officers were informed that "two vehicles had just been stolen from the Parker's gas station on Northside Drive East," said Statesboro Police Deputy Chief Rob Bryan, interim police chief. "Officers ... responded to the area and located both vehicles on Veterans Memorial Parkway. Officers attempted traffic stops on both vehicles. Both vehicles began fleeing from the officers, and pursuits of each began."
One vehicle fled toward West Parrish Street and Northside Drive West, with officers right behind it. The vehicle struck a culvert after turning onto Zetterower Road, and "shortly after, the juvenile offender stopped and was taken into custody," he said.
The other vehicle fled toward Highway 301 North, and officers chased the car all the way into Screven County, "where the pursuit was later picked up by the Sylvania Police Department," Bryan said.
Sylvania police officers arrested the two teenage offenders after the vehicle crashed, and they were turned over to Statesboro police officers at the Screven County Jail.
No one was injured in either incident, Bryan said.
After the three suspects were taken into custody, officers contacted the Department of Juvenile Justice, he said.
"This case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Bureau and assigned to Detective Tommy Brown," Bryan said.
The male juveniles, two 15 and one 14, are from Atlanta. They face charges including theft by taking - motor vehicle, felony fleeing or attempting to elude and driving without a valid license.
Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911. Tips may also be submitted anonymously online at www.tipspd.com or by sending the text "TIPSSPD" followed by the message to 274637 (CRIMES).