Teen arrested for Rochester auto theft

Rochester Police Department

Police say a car and a van were stolen.

Posted: Nov 16, 2017 3:17 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – A teenager is facing a charge of motor vehicle theft.

Rochester police say a car was reported stolen around 1:15 am from the 2100 block of 8th Avenue NE. It was left running in the driveway when it was stolen. Officers located the stolen vehicle and there was a brief chase before police called off the pursuit.

The car theft victim also reported seeing a van closely following the stolen car. Police located that van and learned it too had been reported stolen on November 5 from the 3200 block of East River Road. The van had also been left running at the time.

The van was stopped and police say a 16-year-old driver tried to run away, but was eventually captured.

The stolen car was finally found abandoned in a ditch of East River Road.

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