BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – A small chase in Boardman early Friday morning landed five teens in custody.
It happened on South Avenue around 3 a.m.
Troopers tried to stop a car that was reported stolen from a Doordash driver at Mizu. They say the driver, later identified as a 15-year-old, took off, getting up to 80 miles per hour.
Together, Boardman police and Highway Patrol used stop sticks to bring the chase to an end near South and Cook avenues.
The young driver had a warrant and is now facing several charges, including fleeing and eluding, and receiving stolen property.
Police are now warning people to be safe and lock their cars when unattended. They’ve been investigating a string of car break-ins and thefts across the area, three of which happened on Wildwood Avenue.
According to police reports, two cars were stolen and another broken into on Wildwood Avenue on June 15.
“Oftentimes, they happen quickly and in groups,” said Sgt. Glenn Patton, supervisor of the Boardman Police Department’s Traffic Unit.
One victim, who only wanted to be identified by her first name, said she came outside to her car in the morning and realized what had happened.
“Everything was open. There were papers everywhere, so I was just like, ‘Crap, somebody just broke into by car,” she said.
Patton said it only takes seconds for someone to jump in a car and take off with it.
Investigators say when they asked the 15-year-old suspect why he stole the car at Mizu, he responded, “People are dumb. They leave their keys in their car.”
According to a police report, the teen also admitted to stealing at least one other car this week and wrecking it.
That car, though, does not match the description of the other cars reported stolen in Boardman.
Now, neighbors on Wildwood say they will be taking more precautions.
“Locking my car, taking my purse into the house with me,” Julia said.
Police are still investigating to determine whether those break-ins and car thefts on Wildwood are related to the one at Mizu.
All of those cars have since been found.