EAST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WHTM) – East Lampeter Township Police say three minors were involved in a vehicle break-in and police chase early Tuesday morning.
Police responded to a vehicle break-in at Oxford Village around 3:42 a.m. after the caller reported three males wearing face masks. Officers located a Mazda driving with only its daytime lights on with three occupants wearing masks.
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Police say the Mazda drove over a flower bed at the intersection of Bentley Ridge Boulevard and Hobson Road where the officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle failed to stop and continued at a high speed on Lincoln Highway east and into Lancaster City where it stopped on Church Street.
The 12-year-old driver fled on foot and was taken into custody on the 600 block of Lafayette Street and the 13-year-old front-seat passenger was taken into custody. The third occupant escaped custody and is wanted by police.
Police say the Mazda had been stolen from Lititz and contained a stolen .22 caliber rifle and keys to additional cars.
The 12-year-old driver has been charged as a juvenile with: Receiving Stolen Property of a Firearm (F2); RSP of a Vehicle (F3); Fleeing and Eluding (F3); Possession of a Firearm by a Minor (M1); Theft from Motor Vehicle (M2); and summary driving offenses.
The 13-year-old passenger has been charged as a juvenile with: Receiving Stolen Property of a Firearm (F2); RSP of a Vehicle (F3); Possession of a Firearm by a Minor (M1); and Theft from Motor Vehicle (M2).
Both minors have been transferred to the Youth Intervention Center. None of the minors have been publicly identified by police.