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Three minors caught after high speed ride / April 24, 2013
Three minors face possible charges after a two-day crime spree that ended with a joyride and a high-speed chase in a stolen car.

On April 15, Mecklenburg Deputy Chris Baird investigated an alleged breaking and entering in the 300 block of Puryear’s Store Road near Clarksville. The complainant told Baird that several items were taken from a storage shed on the property including a Stihl MS260 Chainsaw, three wooden axe handles, a chisel, and a hatchet with a wooden handle.

It appeared that the perpetrators entered the shed through a window, which had been pried open. He estimated the value of the stolen property in excess of $500.

The next day, Cpl. Andy Ramsey returned to the area after receiving a report of a stolen vehicle. The owner, who lives at 355 Puryear’s Store Road, claimed that someone stole her white 1992 Mercury 4-door car.

According to Ramsey, the owner said she heard a noise during the evening. When she looked, the vehicle and both grandsons were missing from her home.

While attempting to confirm information about the juveniles, Ramsey was called to an incident in the area of Irwin Road in Clarksville where a Crown Victoria was sighted.

While in pursuit, Ramsey said he first determined that the vehicle belonged to the woman who reported it missing from her Puryear’s Store Road home. He also tried, without success to stop the vehicle by activating “his emergency equipment.”

The occupants fled, often traveling at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour on Highway 49. After turning onto Middle School Road, the driver reduced his speed to 85 mph before losing control near Dalton Road.

The car slid on its side for several yards in a nearby field.

Both EMS and the local Fire Departments were called to the scene to assist the occupants, who appeared to emerge unscathed. All three occupants refused medical treatment and were released to the custody of their parents. The driver was the grandson of the woman who reported the stolen vehicle.

Ramsey then called in the Virginia State Police to investigate the crash.

The next morning Ramsey and Baird, while discussing the events of the prior two days, concluded that a link existed between the stolen car and the theft of tools from the shed also located on Puryear’s Store Road. Baird was given permission to search the home at 355 Puryear’s Store Road. He and Investigator Jason Seamans found the missing chainsaw. It was locked inside an old Ford pickup truck located on the premises. It was subsequently identified by the serial number, recovered, photographed and returned to the owner.

Baird continues to investigate the incidents.

Sheriff Bobby Hawkins expressed his gratitude to all parties involved and commended the deputies for their job performance. He added that “even though several bad decisions were made by the juveniles the most positive is nobody got hurt during their adventure.”

In other crimes, Deputy Byrt Carnes investigated an alleged larceny at 237 Beaver Acres in Buffalo Junction. According to the complainant, someone entered the house, which is under construction, and removed a $200 Dewalt nail gun from the premises.

The offense occurred between the night before on April 13 and the reporting date of April 14. If you have any information, you are asked to call Deputy Byrt Carnes at 434-738-6171.

Deputy Mark Thomas also investigated an alleged larceny, this one at 1070 St. Tammany Drive in Bracey.

The complainant told Thomas that he placed a 20’ aluminum ladder on 2 saw horses across his driveway on April 11. When he returned to the premises on April 17, he noticed the ladder was missing. The complainant valued the ladder at $400.

If you have any information to this larceny, please call Deputy Mark Thomas at 434-738-6171.

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