W.Va. teen charged in car theft

April 29, 1997


Staff Writer, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A 17-year-old Charles Town, W.Va., boy who once forced three Maryland State Police troopers off the road during a 1995 chase in a stolen truck was charged over the weekend with stealing a car, police said Monday.

The boy was one of a group of four teenagers seen getting out of a Buick after it wrecked Saturday night on Chestnut Street near Charles Town, said Charles Town Police Chief Mike Aldridge.

West Virginia State Police Trooper Timothy J. Taucher and Trooper Monte Williams tracked the teenagers down and charged an 18-year-old Avon Bend, W.Va., man with stealing the Buick from Charles Town, Aldridge said.


Police charged Edward Raymond with grand larceny auto. He was being held on $10,000 bond at the Eastern Regional Jail.

Police discovered the 17-year-old Charles Town teen was responsible for stealing a Mazda car on Thursday, and he too was arrested, Aldridge said.

The boy, whose name is not being published because of his age, was charged with grand larceny auto and theft of a cellular phone from a motor vehicle, Aldridge said. He was being held at a juvenile detention center pending a preliminary hearing.

The other two boys, one 17 and the other 15, were released without being charged, Aldridge said.

The teenagers had been riding around in the cars over the weekend before wrecking the Buick, Aldridge said.

The 17-year-old Charles Town boy was released about a month ago from a Maryland group home, where he was sent for leading Maryland State Police on a high-speed chase through Washington County on Nov. 12, 1995, Aldridge and court records said.

The boy, then 15, had stolen a truck in Charles Town and led police on a chase through southern Washington County, avoiding a roadblock on Md. 67 and forcing three cruisers off the road, injuring three troopers.

Twelve days after being sent to a group home, the boy ran away and got involved in drugs and stealing, according to a Washington County judge at an earlier hearing who called the boy "manipulative" when he asked for another chance for a rehabilitation program.

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