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14 Year Old Boy Arrested After Spotted Driving Stolen Car in Santa Rosa

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A 14-year-old boy driving a stolen car was arrested in Santa Rosa this evening, Santa Rosa police said. The four-door black 1998 Toyota Camry was spotted around 6:20 p.m. heading eastbound on Bennett Valley Road, police said. The vehicle had been reported stolen on Aug. 4 from Brigham Avenue, near Doyle Community Park, police said.

The driver parked the stolen vehicle at the Chevron gas station at 1100 Bennett Valley Road and got out with two juvenile females, police said. The three made it inside the Chevron store before police could detain the trio. When an officer entered the store the three ran out of a back emergency exit, police said.

Other officers arrived in the area and searched for the three suspects. The driver — the 14-year-old boy — was found hiding in a backyard of a home on nearby Temple Avenue, police said. He fled yet again and was captured with the help of a K9 unit. The teen was found armed with a set of metal knuckles, according to police.

He was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft, resisting arrest and other charges. He was booked at juvenile hall. The two female minors eluded police.

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