Police and Crime Briefs – February 12, 2021

Two juveniles caught after stealing mother’s rental vehicle

Two juveniles were caught by the Ellettsville police driving a stolen rental vehicle in Ellettsville early Friday morning, according to Bloomington Police Department Capt. Ryan Pedigo.

The 39-year-old mother of the two children woke up sometime after midnight to find that her children were gone. The woman went outside and observed her 13-year-old son behind the steering wheel of a 2019 Dodge Caravan rental. The woman unsuccessfully chased on foot after the vehicle as it drove away. The woman then reported the children as runaways.

Around 2:39 a.m. an Ellettsville Police Department officer saw the minivan traveling westbound on Ind. 46 and proceeded to make a traffic stop. Inside the vehicle were the two runaways who are 13 and 11-years-old. Also inside the vehicle were four additional juveniles

The mother was taken to the scene to recover the vehicle, and get her children. However, police found a bottle of alcohol inside, and a breath test for the children indicated a small amount of alcohol. The juveniles were released to their mother and referred to probation.

Woman pick-pocketed at local bar

A woman’s iPhone 10 was stolen from her back pocket before 12:24 a.m. Thursday morning, according to BPD Capt. Ryan Pedigo.

The woman said she believed the phone was taken from her back pocket while she was inside the Bluebird. The woman said she tracked the phone to a location on E. 10th Street, but then tracking stopped working. She told police she’d been between the bar and the front stage when the phone was taken.

Catalytic converter stolen from truck

The catalytic converter was stolen from a Ford F150 truck sometime between 9 a.m. on February 7th, and Thursday night at 7:15 p.m., according to BPD Capt. Ryan Pedigo.

The driver of the truck found out the part was missing when he started up the vehicle at Ennis Trucking in the 1900 block of W. Arlington Rd. Nothing else was missing from the truck.

Car vandalized in apparent random act

A 2013 Subaru Forester was damaged in an apparent act of random vandalism early Thursday morning, said BPD Capt. Ryan Pedigo.

The owner of the vehicle, who recently moved to town, said the driver’s side front window, both passenger windows, and both mirrors, were spray painted black. All four tires were also slashed.

The owner of the vehicle told police he didn’t know who would have vandalized the vehicle, or why, since he recently moved to Bloomington.

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