SPRING HILL, Tenn.- Five teenage boys are suspected in a rash of vehicle thefts in the Spring Hill area and one has been charged after a late night chase with police.
Officials said they were called out to the area of Ashworth Court around 4 a.m. Wednesday after reports of suspicious individuals in the area breaking into cars. When police arrived in the area a dark color car attempted to flee the scene. The driver of the car lost control of the vehicle and crashed near a home on Chapman's Retreat Drive slamming into 2 vehicles parked in the driveway of the home, causing extensive damage to all 3 vehicles.
When an officer investigated the crash he discovered the driver of the car was a 15-year-old male juvenile. The teen told the officer that other teenager had been in the car with him before the crash, but bailed out when the chase began. Police charged the 15-year-old with reckless endangerment, evading arrest, reckless driving, and driving without a license.
On Thursday, Spring Hill Police received a call from a Summit High School Resource Officer who noticed that one student had come to school with injuries to his face and head as a result of a crash. After speaking with the teen police determined he had too been involved in the vehicle break-ins Wednesday morning.
During the course of their investigation police discovered that three other teens had been involved in several other vehicle break-ins in the area. Officers suspect from 2 fifteen year olds, 1 sixteen year old and 2 seventeen year olds in the cases. Police believe more than 40 vehicles could have been entered and have had items stolen.
Officials ask that anyone living near the neighborhoods located off of Buckner Lane near Duplex Road in Spring Hill call police at 931-486-3269 to identify some of the stolen property recovered by police.