Tuesday, January 12, 2021

14-Year-Old girl involved in the theft of a Police Vehicle

The Coon Rapids Police Department reports a 14-year-old girl was involved in the theft of one of the police department’s vehicles this past weekend. 

Department Chief, Andy Klein reported a Coon Rapids Police officer was assisting a juvenile female back to her residence on Sunday. The female had walked away from a relative’s home, and once the officer had her back at the residence, the officer went to talk with the relatives. This is when the female took off in the police cruiser. The Iowa State Patrol, Greene, and Guthrie County Sheriff’s Officers, along with the Perry Police Department were involved in the chase which ended with stop sticks being deployed. The vehicle went off the road, and into the ditch near Perry. No injuries were reported. 

Klein estimated the girl reached speeds up to 110 mph in the cruiser. It is believed the vehicle has suffered damage that could reach a few thousand dollars, but there has not been an official estimate as of yet. 

The juvenile was charged with first-degree theft, and other related charges from the pursuit are pending. 

Klein is unsure of any reason why the girl would take the vehicle and flea, as she was not in trouble with law enforcement before the pursuit.

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