New Castle, DE – For 7 teens from the Wilmington area, the past week has been a real life game of Grand Theft Auto after the group committed multiple crimes.
Those crimes included robbery, wearing disguises during the robberies, grand theft auto, resisting arrest and other felony charges. This time, they didn’t magically reset themselves after getting caught by police, they were charged with charges that could land them in juvenile detention facilities.
Four girls, children aged 14 and 15 were arrested and charged along with three males ages 15 through 16.
Delaware State Police arrested multiple juveniles on felony criminal charges after troopers, and other Delaware police agencies have been investigating several carjacking incidents over the past week and a half.
On April 8, 2021, a 16-year-old male and a 15-year-old female stole the car keys to a female customers’ vehicle at Wawa located at East Chestnut Hill Road, Newark. The victim was assaulted at the front of the business. Once the suspects entered the stolen vehicle, they steered in the direction of the victim and struck her with the car, causing an injury to a lower extremity.
On April 9, 2021, two 16-year-old males stole the car keys to a female customer’s black Dodge Challenger at Exxon located at 3700 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont. The victim chased the suspects who fled in other stolen vehicles parked in the Exxon parking lot. The suspects returned to the location, assaulted the victim, and stole the Challenger.
On April 13, 2021, two 16-year-old males attempted to steal merchandise from Wawa located at 3601 Wrangle Hill Road, Bear. When confronted by the store clerk, the suspects physically assaulted him.
Over the course of the week, multiple police agencies worked together to investigate similar cases occurring in their jurisdictions. Through the collaborative efforts, the agencies discovered a large number of vehicle thefts and residential burglaries had occurred throughout New Castle County. Investigative leads were formed, and officers obtained information on the identity of suspects, and four stolen vehicles were recovered.
On April 16, 2021, troopers observed the stolen Dodge Challenger from the Philadelphia Pike carjacking, and a traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle. At the time of the traffic stop, seven juveniles were apprehended.
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