MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WKRN) — A 17-year-old boy from Nashville was arrested Monday morning after he allegedly fled fom Mt. Juliet police in a stolen vehicle.
Officers responding to reports of active car burglaries in the Willoughby Station neighborhood said they spotted the teenager in a stolen Mazda 3.
“The officers attempted to stop it, but it did not stop,” said Captain Tyler Chandler. “They chased it a short distance out of the neighborhood. This individual, of course, is not familiar with our roadways and ran through an intersection into a tree line and crashed the car.”
After the teenager crashed at the intersection of South Greenhill Road and West Division Street, he’s accused of running. Officers were able to catch him and take him into custody.
No one was injured, police said.
A total of three cars were stolen overnight and an additional six cars were burglarized. All of the vehicles were unlocked.
“Thieves are going to look for an easy target and an easy target for them is an unlocked car,” said Chandler. “We have to get into a routine where we to remind ourselves to check our cars to make sure they’re locked at night because there are thieves out there that don’t care anything about us.”
Mt. Juliet Police are also in the process of purchasing cameras that will be placed around the city. The cameras can read license plates and will alert investigators if a vehicle is stolen.
“If we would’ve had those cameras up last night, we probably would’ve been notified if that vehicle passed through a License Plate Recognition Camera,” Captain Chandler told News 2.
Investigators are looking for the three teens connected to the burglaries and the thefts of a black Ford F-150 and a black Ford Expedition.