The first crash occurred at approximately 6:18 a.m. in the area of CR 327 and CR 60 and involved a red Pontiac 4-door sedan that was listed as a stolen vehicle from Fort Wayne. Witnesses reported that the driver of the vehicle fled the scene and was picked up by a white SUV. The second crash occurred at approximately 6:26 a.m. in the area of CR 327 and CR 9a and involved a white Toyota 4-door SUV that had been stolen from the 200 block of South Baxter Street in Auburn on July 3, 2012. The driver and passenger of this vehicle fled the scene on foot. An Auburn Police K-9 was called and attempted to track the suspects.
At approximately 8:38 a.m. Auburn Police responded to the 100 block of Cord Place in Auburn for the report of a stolen vehicle. The vehicle owner reported that his maroon GMC Sonoma truck had been stolen and stated that vehicle was left unlocked and a spare key had been left in the vehicle. Auburn officers investigating this theft contacted Fort Wayne Police Department and requested assistance asking officers to look in the area of Ft. Wayne where the Red Pontiac 4-door sedan had been stolen, believing that the vehicle crashes and stolen vehicles were all related. As a result, the stolen truck was located in Fort Wayne.
Evidence recovered at the two crash sites led to two juvenile suspects who were subsequently brought in and questioned regarding their involvement in the vehicle thefts and vehicle crashes as well as several theft from vehicle incidents. Charges are pending.
Chief Martin McCoy credits the apprehension and successful conclusion of these crimes to the cooperation of the neighboring law enforcement agencies all working together to find those persons responsible. The result of this investigation has not only cleared three stolen vehicle incidents (two in Auburn) but also cleared several thefts from vehicles in the Auburn area leading to the recovery of numerous stolen items. This case along with the arrest of two other suspects on July 3, 2012 has cleared the majority of thefts from vehicle crimes that had been occurring in the Auburn area. Police still encourage citizens to remove valuables and lock vehicles when not in use as well as immediately report any suspicious activity. Taking a little extra time to lock your vehicle or report suspicious activity could save you from becoming the victim of a crime.