INDIANAPOLIS – Three teenagers have been arrested, accused of a home burglary and a vehicle theft.
According to Indianapolis Metropolitan police, officers received a call before 7 a.m. from the owner of a white Kia Sedona. The owner reported the van had been stolen from the 1700 block of Century Way.
Then, IMPD received several reports from people who spotted that same van in a gated community. The people who live in the neighborhood along the 7400 block of Lions Head Drive, said they noticed three men leaving the home with televisions and other items.
Officer Christopher Wilburn with IMPD said neighbors gave them detailed information, including the description of the van, license plate and the number of people who were inside it. Wilburn said that information was helpful and they encourage the community to continue providing crucial information to authorities.
“We’re glad those neighbors provided us with critical information and we responded to that information very quickly,” Wilburn said.
Because of that information, a K9 officer spotted the stolen van near College Avenue and 40th Street. The officer tried to initiate a traffic stop, but the driver took off, sparking a short chase that ended along Kessler and Binford.
“That car ended up traveling through residential areas, disregarding traffic control devices–you name it–(and) traveling at unknown rates of speed. (It) ended up crashing at East Kessler and Binford,” Wilburn said.
It was at that location that IMPD arrested the three teenagers. Wilburn said they will be preliminarily charged with resisting law enforcement. Other possible charges have not been released. Wilburn said detectives will look at whether these three teenagers are connected to other crimes in the city.