DNA links 14-year-old known for car thefts to September crash, police say

Police: Teen known as 'prolific' in vehicle thefts
DNA links 14-year-old known for car thefts to September crash, police say

The Madison Police Department has identified and arrested a 14-year-old boy accused of driving a stolen SUV, crashing with another vehicle and running from the crash.

Madison police said three teenagers were inside a stolen SUV when it ran a red light at the intersection of Mineral Point Road and South Gammon Road on Sept. 25. The teens then got out of the car, and ran from the scene.

DNA NABS TEEN SUV THIEF, @madisonpolice say
“The arrested teen is well known by the MPD and other area law enforcement agencies as being prolific when it comes to vehicle thefts.” The boy has been significantly injured in 3 other stolen-car crashes, police say. #news3now pic.twitter.com/P6MF3Bci8J

— Tabatha (@TabathaWethal) April 9, 2019

Officials used DNA found in the driver’s side airbag of the stolen SUV to link the crash to the Madison teen. The testing was done at the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory.

According to a news release from the Madison Police Department, the driver is well-known by police and other area law enforcement agencies as being “prolific when it comes to vehicle thefts.”

The boy has suffered significant injuries in three crashes involving stolen cars, but was not hurt in this case.

Surveillance video shows the SUV T-boning another vehicle on its driver’s side. Before the SUV comes to a complete stop, the three teens got out of the blue SUV and ran north on Gammon. No one was seriously injured.

The victim of the car theft told police that the home burglary that led to the SUV being stolen has taken an emotional toll on her family. The mother said the family no longer feels safe in their home and decided to move.

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