Per Takoma Park Police: On March 12, at approximately 12:57 am, Takoma Park Police responded to the 7100 block of Holly Avenue for the report of a stolen auto. As officers arrived, they observed a vehicle driving away at a high rate of speed with the stolen auto being driven behind it. Officers attempted to make a stop of both vehicles without success. Upon reaching Maple Avenue and Erie Avenue, the vehicles split up, with the vehicle in front turning onto Erie Avenue towards Flower Avenue. Officers continued to surveil the stolen auto. The driver of the stolen auto lost control of the vehicle and ran off the roadway onto a tree stump near the intersection of Maple Avenue and Kennebec Avenue. The suspect was taken into custody, identified, and a search incident to arrest yielded items of evidentiary value on his person indicative of tools to jump start vehicles. The victim was notified. A lookout for the other vehicle was provided to surrounding jurisdictions.
The driver of the vehicle, a 15-year-old male from Hyattsville, Maryland, was charged with Auto Theft, Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle and various other traffic offenses. The charged juvenile was released to the custody of a parent(s). Investigation continues. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to please call us at 301-270-1100 and refer to case #230012056. Featured photo courtesy of Google Maps.