Police: Teens joyride in stolen car during stay-at-home order

PORTSMOUTH – Four juveniles were taken into custody Sunday afternoon when one of them stole a car from an Elwyn Park driveway, drove the group around, then ran when police found them, said Lt. David Keaveny.

A McKinley Road resident notified police that he reported the keys to his Kia missing on Saturday. On Sunday, he told police, the car disappeared from his driveway.

When police radioed a be-on-the-lookout alert for the missing car, an officer reported seeing it occupied by “what appeared to be teenagers,” the public police log notes.

Several officers responded and the juveniles exited the Kia and ran toward Taft Road, according to the police log. The passengers — a 17-year-old, 16-year-old and a 14-year old — were all taken into protective custody, according to police.

The alleged driver, age 15, was arrested on charges alleging driving without a valid license, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and resisting arrest.

Keaveny said the teenagers are believed to have found the lost keys, then used them to joyride in the car. The police lieutenant noted the alleged crimes occurred during a stay-at-home order, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, when all four teens were in the vehicle at the same time.

Portsmouth police allege four teenagers were taken into custody March 22 when one of them stole a car from an Elwyn Park driveway, drove the group around, then ran when police found them. [Courtesy]

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