Teen charged in car thefts out­side Ne­wark Wawa

Newark Post - - POLICE BLOTTER - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­pub.com

Po­lice have ar­rested a 16-year-old boy ac­cused of steal­ing three cars from out­side the Wawa on Ogle­town Road.

Around 4 p.m. Feb. 21, an off-duty Ne­wark Po­lice De­part­ment of­fi­cer spot­ted a stolen Chrysler 200 in the same park­ing lot from where it was stolen four days ear­lier.

“He rec­og­nized it and called for marked units,” NPD spokesman Lt. An­drew Ru­bin said.

Of­fi­cers re­sponded to the Wawa and ar­rested the Wilmington teen, whose name was with­held. Ru­bin said NPD only re­leases the names of ju­ve­nile de­fen­dants if they are charged with a vi­o­lent felony.

The teen was charged with three counts of theft of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle, one count of sec­ond-de­gree con­spir­acy and one count of driv­ing with­out a li­cense. He was also charged with theft for tak­ing undis­closed items from in­side one of the ve­hi­cles. He was com­mit­ted to the New Cas­tle County De­ten­tion Cen­ter in lieu of $3,560 se­cured bail.

All three of the ve­hi­cles that were stolen had been left run­ning and unat­tended in the Wawa park­ing lot, Ru­bin said.

The first theft hap­pened at 7:50 a.m. Feb 9. Af­ter the driver left the car run­ning and went in to the store, wit­nesses re­ported see­ing some­one get into the car and drive away. The ve­hi­cle was re­cov­ered three hours later in Wilmington.

The sec­ond theft hap­pened at 5:33 a.m. Feb. 15. That night, around 8 p.m., the car crashed in Col­lege Square Shop­ping Cen­ter. Wit­nesses re­ported see­ing a young man and young woman run­ning away from the ve­hi­cle, Ru­bin said.

Two days later, at 6:08 a.m. Feb. 17, a driver left his Chrysler 200 run­ning out­side the Wawa and came out to see it be­ing driven away on Ogle­town Road.

The teen was caught with the Chrysler 200 in the Wawa park­ing lot shorty af­ter po­lice pub­li­cized the thefts Feb. 21, but it was un­clear if he was at­tempt­ing to re­turn the ve­hi­cle, Ru­bin said.

A male pas­sen­ger who was with the teen at the time of his ar­rest was re­leased, but po­lice are still de­ter­min­ing whether any­one else will be charged in the one or more of the thefts.

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