SANATOGA PA – Two 17-year-old Pottstown residents, a man and woman whose names and addresses are being withheld because of their juvenile status, have been detained at the Montgomery County Youth Center in Norristown after their arrests on multiple charges related to an alleged vehicle theft Monday morning (Feb. 15, 2016) that at one point included a speedy chase by Lower Pottsgrove police.
Township Police Chief Michael Foltz said the pair are being charged with felony counts of receiving stolen property and several other offenses. The duo crashed the car they were driving into a tree and an adjacent parked vehicle near the intersection of Rupert Road and Shire Drive, just north of the Rupert Road bridge, as they allegedly attempted to escape police officers in pursuit.
Foltz said the chain of events surrounding the arrest was put into motion early Monday by a Pottstown resident who discovered his car was missing and reported its disappearance to Pottstown police. A short time later, while the victim was driving a different car on East High Street, he spotted his missing car also traveling on High and followed it to the Philadelphia Premium Outlets.
The victim notified Limerick Township police, who set up surveillance near the now-parked vehicle and waited for suspects, who were believed to be shopping, to arrive. Traffic grew heavier at the outlets during the day, and officers at some point lost sight of the car. By that time it was traveling away from the shopping center on West Lightcap Road toward Evergreen Road, according to the chief.
Limerick notified Lower Pottsgrove officers who were in the area and spotted the car. They “attempted to make a felony traffic stop,” Foltz said. The pair in the car apparently had other plans. They bolted north on Evergreen toward High, he added, with the Lower Pottsgrove patrol car right behind.
The suspects crossed High onto Rupert Road, and were about a quarter-mile ahead of police when they lost control of the vehicle and crashed, he added. Pursuing police witnessed the accident, Foltz said.
Neither of the two suspects were injured, police reported, and they ran from the car into nearby woods. “By that time though,” Foltz said, “there was enough manpower on the scene, and they were quickly captured.” Officers from several departments participated in the arrests, he noted.
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