15-Year-Old Arrested in Memphis for Stealing Car Amid Surge in Vehicle Thefts

15-year-old arrested in Memphis for stealing car, evading police; highlights surge in juvenile car thefts and need to address root causes in the city.

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15-Year-Old Arrested in Memphis for Stealing Car Amid Surge in Vehicle Thefts

15-Year-Old Arrested in Memphis for Stealing Car Amid Surge in Vehicle Thefts

A 15-year-old boy was arrested in Memphis, Tennessee on April 24, 2024 for stealing a 2015 Kia Soul, evading police, and possessing burglary tools. The incident occurred around 12:03 a.m. when an officer attempted to pull the teen over, but he fled in the stolen vehicle. The teen was later found at a Sunoco gas station, where he was pumping gas before being apprehended by authorities at Amstel Cove. He was taken into custody and transported to Juvenile Court.

The vehicle had been reported stolen from Cordova on the previous Sunday. When police tried to stop the vehicle, the driver escaped the scene, but was later found at the gas station where the suspect was arrested. The suspect was charged with evading arrest on foot, evading arrest in a motor vehicle, possession of burglary tools, and theft of property (motor vehicle).

The victim, Courtney Redmond, said someone has tried to steal their car five times before, and they are now using a steering wheel lock to prevent future theft. The suspect's age, being the same as Redmond's 15-year-old daughter Melina, was described as "very disrespectful" by the family.

Why this matters: This arrest comes as car thefts in Memphis have reached a staggering 3,338 incidents, with at least one vehicle reported stolen per hour. The surge in vehicle thefts has become a major concern for residents and law enforcement in the city.

Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner Jr. noted that the county's Youth Justice and Education Center is nearing capacity, with the youngest detainee being only 13 years old. The arrest of the 15-year-old suspect highlights the growing problem of juvenile involvement in car thefts and other crimes in Memphis.

As authorities continue their efforts to combat the rising tide of vehicle thefts, residents like the Redmond family are taking extra precautions to protect their property. The incident serves as a sobering reminder of the challenges faced by the community and the importance of addressing the root causes of juvenile delinquency in the city.

Key Takeaways

  • 15-year-old arrested in Memphis for stealing Kia Soul, evading police
  • Suspect found pumping gas at Sunoco, charged with multiple offenses
  • Car theft incidents in Memphis reach 3,338, with 1 vehicle stolen per hour
  • Youth detention center nearing capacity, youngest detainee is 13 years old
  • Incident highlights growing problem of juvenile involvement in car thefts