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Rockford youths charged with vehicle theft

By Jim Hagerty

ROCKFORD – Two Rockford juveniles have been charged with vehicle theft and other offenses after police investigated a report of suspicious activity over the weekend.

At approximately 12:30 p.m., Saturday, April 18, Rockford officers responded to the 3000 block of Lund Avenue and learned from witnesses that two males were seen going through vehicles before leaving the area in a white Nissan Altima.

“The vehicle was located a short time later, occupied by two juvenile males,” Rockford Police Public Information Officer Michelle Marcomb said in a news release. “A traffic stop was attempted but the suspects fled.”

Police say officers located the vehicle again as it crashed into a tree near Sandy Hollow Road. The suspects fled on foot and were arrested after a brief chase.

The first suspect is a 15-year-old Rockford boy. He’s charged with burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle, attempted possession of a stolen vehicle, aggravated fleeing to elude, and possession of burglary tools.  The second suspect, a 14-year-old boy from Rockford, faces the same charges.

The youths were lodged in the Winnebago County Juvenile Detention Center. Their
names and photos were not released because of their ages.