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Teens take joyride in stolen van

Courtney Astolfi • Jan 25, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Three teenagers were arrested early Friday when they allegedly stole a man’s van and television and were later found joyriding on Perkins Avenue.

A 15-year-old East Oldgate Road boy, a 14-year-old Remington Avenue boy and a 15-year-old Fox Run Trail boy were all charged with felony burglary and theft, as well as curfew violation.

The youngest boy asked a Remington Avenue man to leave his door unlocked Thursday night because he was planning on sleeping over, according to a Sandusky police report. The resident gave him permission to stay over, left the door unlocked and went to bed.

At about 1 a.m., the resident awoke to find his 30-inch flatscreen TV missing, along with his car keys and Ford Windstar van.

A Perkins police officer remembered spotting the Windstar about 15 minutes before its owner reported it stolen. When he saw it again at about 2:30 a.m. on Perkins Avenue, he pulled it over. The officer cited the Oldgate Road boy for driving without a license and learned the teens were not hauling around the missing television, the report said.

The youngest boy contended the car was not stolen because he had been allowed to use it in the past.

The three boys were arrested and taken to the Erie County Detention Home.

   The Fox Run Trail teen was also charged with illegal conveyance into a detention facility and marijuana possession. He took a small amount of marijuana with him into the facility, the report said.

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