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Forest Hills Police Arrest Juvenile Suspected of Car Break-Ins

Police say youth broke into three cars in Forest Hills late Wednesday night.

After using a Taser on a 16-year-old theft suspect and punching him in the face, police arrested the boy, who is suspected of breaking into three cars on Avenue A and Sumner Avenue early this morning.

Police charged the juvenile with theft from a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property, resisting arrest, criminal attempt and loitering or prowling at night time. He was taken to Forbes Regional Hospital for medical clearance before being transported to Shuman Juvenile Detention Center, police said.

According to the incident report, police stopped the boy when he was shutting the door of a Lexus SUV parked on Avenue A around 1:30 a.m. on Thursday. Carrying a laptop, he ran up the steps to a house and said he lived there, before tossing the laptop on the porch and running.

An officer pulled out his Taser and told him to stop. When he kept running, the officer shot the Taser’s probes, which struck him in the chest and leg, sending him into bushes. The boy struggled and tried to elbow the officer, who punched him in the face before cuffing him.

Police found in his backpack a GPS unit, an MP3 player, a cell phone and $40 in cash, in addition to the laptop and other items. Officers suspect the money and cell phone were stolen from a car in Wilkins Township.

The laptop was returned to an Avenue A resident who owned the SUV the boy was seen exiting.

Susan Keim July 26, 2012 at 05:08 PM
I tried to turn onto Avenue A just as this was going down. Glad to read about this and grateful to our police officers for working hard to keep us safe.
Paul Gamrat July 26, 2012 at 09:35 PM
My neighbor's car was vandelized last night. They broke the hood ornament off the front of his Juguar. I wonder it it was found on the suspect.
JD July 27, 2012 at 02:33 PM
If he was running away, how was it possible for the taser's probes to land on the suspect's chest? Did they fly past him and then turn around and come back?

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