Texarkana Teens Arrested in Vehicle Thefts
Texarkana Texas Police say several teens have been arrested following the theft of nine vehicles from an auto auction business located in the 900 block of Elm Street.
Authorities say the thefts occurred sometime over this past weekend. Someone used one of the cars on the lot to drive through a gate on the back side of the fence.
About 10:50 Monday night , Texas DPS troopers were dispatched to a vehicle crash in the George Thomas Road area in Bowie County. After they arrived, they realized that vehicle was one of those stolen from the auto auction. David Lee and Hayden McLeod, both 18, were in the vehicle and arrested for alleged Theft of Property.
Authorities say that while the Troopers were still out there working that crash, a vehicle drove up and turned around when they saw the troopers. Police say that the vehicle was yet another one of the stolen vehicles who had presumably come to pick up Lee and McLeod.
When the troopers tried to stop that vehicle, it immediately fled at a high rate of speed. After a lengthy pursuit that ended when the vehicle crashed in Texarkana Arkansas, all four occupants fled on foot. A 13 year old girl, 14 year old girl, and a 14 year old boy were arrested by TAPD officers and the troopers. They were all charged with Theft by Receiving and Fleeing, and they were transported to the Miller County Juvenile Detention Center.
Lee and McLeod are both being held in the Bi-State Jail, with $10,000 bonds.
At this point, all but one of the vehicles stolen has been recovered - at various locations on both sides of Texarkana and in Bowie County. Several were abandoned after they were wrecked. The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible.
Texarkana Texas Police gave thanks to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Bowie County Sheriff's Office, and the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department for their invaluable help in connection with solving this crime.