Police investigate car theft ring in Boone County


Police in Boone County broke up a suspected car theft ring Sunday, involving a total of 15 cars.
Police believe a group of teenagers could be responsible.

The situation began just before 4:30 a.m. Sunday, when the Boone County Sheriff`s Department received a report of a car theft in progress at the Royal Run subdivision. Officers with the Whitestown and Zionsville police departments responded to the call.

One of the officers located the car in the neighborhood abandoned and still running. At the same time, two other officers saw a car leaving the neighborhood that matched the description of a getaway car. The officers pursued the car and tried to make a traffic stop, but the vehicle kept going.

Police said a short pursuit followed that ended when the car crashed into a utility pole on County Road 850 and SR 334. Two of the three men inside-- an 18- and 19-year-old, both from Indianapolis - were taken into custody.  They were finger printed and released.

Police said the driver of the car took off and escaped into a wooded area, but at around 10 a.m. Sunday, an 18-year-old from Indianapolis was picked up by police walking along I-65. Police believe he was the driver of the stolen car from earlier that morning.

A total of 15 cars were reported stolen or broken into. Two of the stolen cars are still missing.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate. 

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