Four juveniles are in custody and police are looking for one other who fled after a crash involving a stolen 2016 Jeep Cherokee in West Hartford. Police said the suspects are also accused of breaking into several vehicles in town.
Police were called to Ledgewood Road in West Hartford at 12:49 a.m. after a resident’s dog started barking, alerting the person that something was going on.
Police said the report was about a suspicious vehicle and several people going house to house to check for unlocked cars.
When an officer arrived and approached the suspicious vehicle, the driver sped off.
The car was then spotted speeding on Overbrook Road and the driver lost control at Park Road, crashed at the corner of Park and Thomsom roads, damaged a fence and brought down a small tree.
Five people who were in the vehicle ran and four were apprehended, according to police.
The Jeep Cherokee had been reported stolen from New Britain and police found a gun with the serial number destroyed in the vehicle.
The Jeep sustained significant damage during the crash.
As police investigated, they found that five vehicles on Ledgewood Road in West Hartford were burglarized. None of them had been locked.
Four juveniles were taken into custody and charged with five counts of burglary in the third degree, larceny in the second degree, interfering with an officer, weapons in a motor vehicle and possession of a firearm with an altered identification mark.
The driver was also charged with several motor vehicle violations, including reckless driving.
All but one juvenile was released to a parent. The other was released to the juvenile detention facility on Broad Street in Hartford on a “take into custody” order for an unrelated incident.
One of the four juvenile suspects was transported to a hospital to be evaluated for injuries from the crash.
Police are still looking for the person who fled.
This is the second arrest in town for similar crimes for one of the juveniles involved.
The West Hartford Police Department is reminding residents to lock their cars.