HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Two teens too young to drive are accused of stealing a car and breaking into a Harrisburg dealership over the weekend, according to police.
Boarded up with a sign posted “Do Not Use” could be seen on the side door to the Sutliff Chevrolet pre-owned dealership office along Paxton Street. Manager Chris Walters said security caught two teens, ages 13 and 15, smash the glass with a brick around 1:20 a.m. Saturday.
“[We have] cameras, alarms. I think that’s what saved us,” he said. “The alarm went off when they broke the window and they didn’t spend much time inside the building.”
Harrisburg police said the two teens made off with several vehicle keys and fobs.
Before they hit the Sutliff lot, investigators believe the teens hit other parking lots and dealerships. Police said the teens boosted a car at some point during the night. Walters said the VIN did not match any cars in their current or recent prior inventory.
Police believe the teens also stole several electronic tablets from Capital Area Transit buses parked in a lot off Paxton Street, a few hundred feet north from the dealership.
“It’s amazing that kids that young, that desperate, get money or try to steal cars,” Walters said. “It’s pretty sad.”
Police said a city firefighter saw the teens ditch the stolen car on the 13th Street bypass above I-83 and run. That firefighter alerted police to the area, and that helped police nab both teens pretty quickly.
Both teens have been charged as juveniles per the recommendation of the district attorney’s office, according to police. Their names will not be released.
Walters credits the dealership security and police for protecting millions of dollars worth of cars in the area.
“It could’ve been a lot worse if the police didn’t show up,” he said.