Teen arrested in car theft, BB gun shooting that damaged glass door

Police: Patio door shot out on southwest side
Teen arrested in car theft, BB gun shooting that damaged glass door
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A teenager is facing charges after police said he stole a car and shot out a west Madison home’s sliding-glass door.

Madison police said the residents at a home in the 6200 block of Jacobs Way reported at 12:11 p.m. Saturday that their patio door was damaged.

No one was injured and no other damage was found, police said. Police said a black Jeep or station wagon was possibly involved, but no such vehicle was found in the area.

Police said that a couple hours after the shooting, an officer spotted a similar vehicle on Russett Road. He found the compact SUV, a Chevrolet HHR, parked behind a Balsam Road apartment. There was no one inside, but it smelled of marijuana and there were many BBs on the floor, according to the report.

The Chevy had been stolen Friday morning after an 80-year-old woman left it running for a couple of minutes in front of her home on De Volis Parkway. The SUV owner was warming up her car when it was taken, police said.

Police brought a K-9 team to the area where the car was found on Balsam, the report said. The dog track lead to a nearby area where a 14-year-old was seen pulling a realistic-looking gun from his waistband and shooting BBs at his friends.

Police said the teen with the gun started to run, but followed the officer’s orders to stop. By that point he had dumped his weapon in a window well, the report said.

An officer counseled him on the danger of pulling a facsimile firearm from a waistband with police present. The teen acknowledged he made a poor decision, according to the police.

The officer also found the key fob to the stolen SUV in the teen’s pocket. Police said the boy acknowledged driving the HHR while another young man fired the BB gun at the home on Jacobs Way.

Police said that a 53-year-old woman had been seated near to where her patio door windows were struck. The BBs caused the first pane of glass to break and spider-web.

The 14-year-old was taken to the Juvenile Reception Center on tentative charges of criminal damage to property and operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent, according to the report.