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UPDATE: Juvenile Arrested in Hit-and-Run Crash

August 14, 2019 10:04 AM

UPDATE: (ABC 6 News) -- According to Rochester Police, a 17-year-old male was arrested Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. for his alleged involvement in a hit-and-run crash with a stolen motor vehicle Monday. 

According to Rochester Police Captain Casey Moilanen, the suspect also admitted to stealing a 2019 Ford Raptor on Sunday in southwest Rochester. 

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According to police, the juvenile has a history of car theft. Captain Moilanen said the suspect's method of operation involves testing car doors to see if they're unlocked with if the keys are inside. 

The 17-year-old suspect is at the Juvenile Detention Center and is facing possible charges of motor vehicle theft, fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, wreckless driving, fleeing an officer on foot, criminal vehicular operation, felony motor vehicle theft, and a citation for a liquor store theft. 

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The Rochester Police Department said the vehicle that was a part of a hit and run crash Monday night was unlocked with the keys inside. 

According to police, the owner parked the vehicle in the 100 block of West Center Street and went to exercise nearby. When she came back around 7:20, she realized her 2019 Chevy Equinox had been stolen and called police. 

Rochester Police Lieutenant Mike Sadauskis said about an hour later, officers located the vehicle at 19th Street and 26th Avenue NW. Sadauskis said the vehicle was driven by a male suspect. 

A police report said officers called for additional units and followed the suspect and turned on their lights and sirens as he sped through the intersection of 19th Street and Assisi Drive. Sadauskis said the suspect eventually rear-ended another vehicle into the front yard of a home on the 2200 block of Elton Hills Drive and ran away, headed south, between two houses. 

Officers and a K-9 officer searched for the suspect, but did not find him. 

No one was hurt, according to police. 

Sadauskis said the stolen vehicle was significantly damaged. 

According to Sadauskis, the suspect was likely testing car doors to see which ones were unlocked. Law enforcement is reminding everyone to lock their doors. 

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Rochester Police said a man allegedly stole a vehicle, crashed the vehicle, then took off on foot.

It happened around 8:30 p.m. in the Elton Hills area. 

Rochester Police said a stolen vehicle was spotted and an officer called for backup.

Police said the driver of the stolen vehicle sped off and crashed in the front yard of a home.

If you have information on this incident, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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