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No joy for Berlin Heights boy with this ride

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:19 PM

Two 16-year-old area boys face charges stemming from a vehicle stolen from a Florence Township church.

While on an early morning patrol Sept. 21, a Vermilion police officer saw two male suspects near a 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass stuck in the "main street beach," Erie County Sheriff's Capt. Paul Sigsworth said. One of the men was behind the wheel while the other man was attempting to push the car.

The two suspects ran from the officer, who later contacted the vehicle owner. The Florence Township man said he had parked his Cutlass in a field lane behind First Congregational Church in the township.

"He was working there (in the field) the day before. He had no idea it was stolen," Sigsworth said.

The case was turned over to the Erie County Sheriff's Office. Detectives, while checking the impounded car Monday for fingerprints and DNA, discovered an Ohio identification card belonging to a Berlin Heights boy.

Detectives questioned the boy, who admitted to sneaking out of his East Ohio 113 home Sept. 21. He also said he stole the Cutlass and went to South Amherst for a joy ride with a 16-year-old friend, Sigsworth said.

He was charged with theft of a motor vehicle. Sigsworth said an obstruction of official business charge is in connection with running from the Vermilion officer. The other boy, a South Amherst resident, was charged with receiving stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both suspects remain in custody at the Erie County Juvenile Detention Center awaiting their respective Erie County Juvenile Court hearings.

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