The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

October 31, 2013

Police: Boys stole items from cars

By Joe Wiercinski
Herald Staff Writer

SHARON — Sharon police have arrested two teenage boys and say they have identified a 12-year-old who also was stealing items at about 7 p.m. Tuesday from unlocked cars along several streets.

An off-duty policeman saw the boys breaking into cars on Norris Avenue. He chased them and caught one of them, Chief Mike Menster said.

As he was holding down the struggling boy, another threw a shoe that struck the policeman in the face before the second boy ran away. Police on patrol caught him a few minutes later near the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System, Menster said.

Investigators were able to identify a 12-year-old boy who already had been petitioned to juvenile court and was released to his parent after a theft from vehicles incident last Thursday on Sterling Avenue, Menster said

He and two 14-year-old boys will face juvenile court charges of theft from vehicles. The teen who struggled with police will be charged with resisting arrest and the boy accused of throwing a shoe will be charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, Menster said.

“We’re still getting calls from people who are telling us their cars had been gone through,” Menster said. “At this point, we know of about a dozen but calls keep coming in.”

Vehicle owners reported thefts from several hospital parking lots and along Ormond, Norris and Euclid avenues and Highland Road.

“We don’t think they smashed any windows,” Menster said. “We think they were looking for unlocked vehicles.”

The two boys picked up Tuesday had zippered baggies containing items police say they took from the consoles and glove boxes of vehicles.

The baggies held coins and other small items including hand tools and tire gauges.