ASHWAUBENON, WI (WTAQ) - A multi-jurisdictional effort helped take seven juveniles, ages 11 to 15, into custody following a rash of vehicle thefts and break-ins over the past week.
Ashwaubenon Public Safety located a stolen pickup truck on a trail in Sherwood Forest Park Wednesday. When an officer went back to the scene, he saw four kids run off.
Two were quickly arrested. Two others ran into the woods and were later found – one by a police K-9.
Authorities say the teens – all from Green Bay – were behind four Green Bay car thefts, one in Hobart/Lawrence, one in Outagamie County and the one theft from Marlee Lane in Ashwaubenon. Three girls are also facing charges for going along for the rides.
“They used them for what they were going to use them for, in this case with the truck from Ashwaubenon, they used it, took it for a joy ride, went to McDonald’s, got some food and then found a place to hide it,” said Public Safety Lt. Jody Crocker.
Crocker says the teens are also suspected in 20 vehicle break-ins where they were looking for keys, drugs or money. Crimes of opportunity, police say are easily preventable.
Crocker says it was stopped thanks to the help from Green Bay Police and the Brown County Sheriff's Department K-9 unit.
Police are reminding people to lock up your vehicles and remove any valuables.
(Additional reporting from FOX 11).