Chase on I-80 leads to arrests |

Chase on I-80 leads to arrests

Three teenagers were in custody Wednesday after a high-speed joy ride on Interstate 80 caught the attention of the California Highway Patrol and eventually linked them to as many as three burglaries.

Two of the boys are 15 years old and one is 18. All three are residents of Lake of the Pines, Nevada County Sheriff’s Lt. Ron Smith said.

They caught the attention of authorities at 3:30 a.m. Monday, when a 15-year-old and the 18-year-old were clocked speeding down the freeway at 120 mph. A CHP officer stopped them and found the BMW Z4 the 15-year-old was driving was registered to a residence in Lake of the Pines.

The 18-year-old was booked into Placer County jail and the 15-year-old into Placer juvenile hall, Smith said.

One of them admitted they had earlier broken into the house on Sunday, stolen various items including about $200 in cash, then returned to take the car, Smith said. They also implicated a third boy.

When sheriff’s investigators arrived at the house the next day, the owner, a woman, told them she had returned from several days’ absence to find her garage door open and the car gone, Smith said.

Investigators also visited the home of the third boy, also 15. They searched the house, found an empty bottle of expensive Chardonnay in the trash and the victim’s ring on the television set, Smith said.

Deputies took the second 15-year-old to Juvenile Hall on a probation violation, Smith said.

The first two boys, who had been driving the stolen BMW, later admitted to being involved in two other vehicle burglaries in Lake of the Pines in the past six months in which a laptop computer and a DVD player were stolen, Smith said.

The Sheriff’s Crimes Against Persons and Property team, led by Sgt. Joe Salivar, is continuing to investigate, Smith said.


To contact staff writer Trina Kleist, e-mail or call 477-4231.

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