The teens, all runaways between 13 and 16 years old, drove to Fairfield in a Dodge truck they stole in Lake County, Fairfield police Officer Cleo Mayoral said. At 4 a.m. Tuesday, Fairfield police received a report of a suspicious vehicle and people walking in the rear of car dealerships in the 2500 block of Auto Mall Parkway, Mayoral said. Police set up a perimeter, and saw the four suspects drive away in a Dodge Avenger they had stolen from one of the dealerships, Mayoral said.
The suspects drove to Raleigh Court, abandoned the Avenger and ran into nearby backyards. A California Highway Patrol aircraft and a Fairfield police K-9 unit were used to search for the suspects, and all four were caught. Three were apprehended by the police dog, “Jack,” Mayoral said.
All four teens suffered minor cuts and abrasions from running in the dark, Mayoral said. They were treated at a hospital and booked into juvenile hall for auto theft, burglary and possession of stolen property. The teens, two from Hidden Valley Lake and two from Middletown, had smashed windows at two of the car dealerships and stole sodas and car keys, Mayoral said. They used the keys to steal the Dodge Avenger, he said.
Inside the Dodge truck that had been stolen from Lake County, police found three .38-caliber revolvers, Mayoral said.
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