Sandusky boys charged for joy riding in stolen van

Felony charges await two of three Sandusky boys arrested Monday night after joy-riding in a stolen van.
Emil Whitis
Jul 20, 2011


Felony charges await two of three Sandusky boys arrested Monday night after joy-riding in a stolen van.

Police charged the 15-year-old driver with receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony, as well as obstructing official business, no driver’s license, driving on sidewalks and reckless operation.

A 15-year-old passenger was charged with receiving stolen property, a felony, and obstructing official business, while the third boy, 11, was charged with obstructing official business.

The two passengers agreed to speak with police after they were arrested, but the driver remained tight-lipped and asked for an attorney, according to a police report.

The Plymouth Voyager was stolen Monday morning from a church parking lot on Hancock Street. 

The van’s owner and a friend said they were sitting on a porch at about 9 p.m. when they heard the van’s distinct sputtering sound as it approached. They hopped in a car and chased after it, triggering a short-lived pursuit. 

The van sped past the Meigs Street police station, where Lt. Mike Campbell was pulling out in his cruiser. Campbell chased after the van as it whipped across the lawn at Battery Park.

Near the Sandusky Bay Pavilion, the three boys leapt out of the van and fled as it was still moving. The van stopped after striking a transformer box, police said.    

Teens need to think more about the consequences of their actions, Campbell said. 

“Any one of them could have been killed jumping out of a moving vehicle like that,” he said. “Or even worse, it could have hit someone else and they’d be facing murder charges. A split second can change your life forever.”



Come on. I know its summer and its hot but watch your kids! Do felonies get taken off your record when you turn 18?


althenaruby... No, not automatically...A person may request an expungement...but it is decided by a judge/magistrate...It will be denied if the juvenile waits until after he/she is an adult with an adult record..At least that is how it was about 20 years ago....For instance...I wanted to get my juvenile record expunged when I was like 20...but was not able to because I already had a record as an adult...


They are minors. It was a mistake. It's not their parents fault or responsibility. BLA ! BLA ! BLA ! 

Why even have laws. ?


"the driver remained tight lipped and asked for an attorney".  He's either done this before or he knows someone who has.  Too bad they're minors.  The DH isn't much of a scare to kids anymore.

The Answer Person

More fun for locals! 

If only the watchdogs hadn't ruined the development of the new sports center, things like this would not be happening!


Yeah a new sports center would have given them a whole new parking lot to steal cars from.


Male Bovine Excretement! In reply to "The Answer Person".


Lock the lttle turds up until they are 18.


They probably saw this played out on the TV show "Cops". The people who steal cars always jump out and run. If one of them had gotten hurt, they wouldn't have to pay hospital bills, and if they would have gotten killed, it would have been the same sob story ..."they were a good person, they just got into some mischief, etc".


LOL They drove to the police station!


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