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Juveniles arrested following pursuit

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

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Zachariah Jones
Officials with the Brazil City Police Department arrested a teenager and detained another early Tuesday morning following a high-speed pursuit.

According to a press release provided by BCPD, Patrolman Jeremy Mace attempted a traffic stop on a silver Pontiac Grand Prix at approximately 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, but the driver of the vehicle did not stop.

Officers attempted to stop the vehicle after the driver ran a stop sign near the Jackson/Walnut street intersection.

Officers pursued the vehicle onto United States 40. The vehicle continued into the Staunton area and eventually traveled westbound on State Road 42.

Officials with the Clay County Sheriff's Department then joined the pursuit.

The pursuit continued into Vigo County, where Vigo County deputies deployed stop sticks, which eventually slowed the vehicle. According to the press release, the driver of the vehicle then drove into a ditch and the two occupants attempted to flee on foot.

CCSD K-9 officer Forest apprehended one of the two suspects, a juvenile, and the driver, 17-year-old Zachariah Jones, was also taken into custody.

Brazil City Police Chief Terry Harrison said the vehicle was finally stopped just east of the Terre Haute International Airport.

Jones was waived into adult court, according to the press release.

The 15-year-old juvenile was detained at a juvenile facility and Jones is being held at the Clay County Justice Center. He was being held on $25,000 cash bond.

The owner of the vehicle was notified of the incident and was not aware the vehicle had been taken.

According to the press release, both the juvenile and Jones were preliminary charged with Auto Theft, Criminal Recklessness and Resisting Law Enforcement.

More charges are expected, according to the press release.

Officials with BCPD said the investigation is ongoing and will be reviewed by Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger.

BCPD officials have been investigating a rash of stolen vehicles lately.

The first vehicle was stolen from an area near 302 N. Forest Ave., on June 17. However, it was recovered in a wooded area near Turner Thursday morning.

A 1989 brown Jeep Cherokee was stolen from an area near 18 W. Maple St., but was located June 19, in the 500 block of South Grant Street. In addition, a 1992 white Ford Aerostar was stolen from an area near 625 W. Knight St., but was found in an area near Jackson and Ridge streets June 20.

According to officials, stereo systems were taken from the Jeep and Cougar, but no other damages were reported to the vehicles.

In every case, keys were left inside the vehicles. The stolen vehicle Tuesday evening was no different.

"We were kind of hoping word would get around," Harrison said.

Harrison added the investigation is ongoing, and is not sure if Tuesday's vehicle theft is connected to the others.

"We think that's a possibility," he said. "But we're still working on that aspect of it."


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Good work. Too bad the owner of the car can't be charged with stupidity for leaving the keys in the car. A lot of people could have been hurt by not removing the keys.

-- Posted by Matt Dillion on Tue, Jun 24, 2008, at 10:17 PM

people work hard for what they have and for some ignorant person just to come along and take that away from them because they have nothing better to do but joyride or show off to thier friends is WRONG!!! they want to act like adults, treat them like adults send them to prison with the big boys. give them time to think about what they have done to others.

-- Posted by shanbilly on Tue, Jun 24, 2008, at 10:39 PM

I will never understand why people leave their keys in their vehicles unattended. I always felt like if someone took my vehicle after I had left my keys in the ignition and they had seriously injured or killed someone, I would be part of that crime for being so careless. Thank heavens that no one was hurt during this chase!!!!!!!

-- Posted by SURVIVINGMOM on Wed, Jun 25, 2008, at 5:14 AM

I must of missed something, where is the ignorance among cops? I believe the criminals are locked up right now because of these cops. I really don't see anything ignorant about that.

-- Posted by LifetimeBrazilian on Wed, Jun 25, 2008, at 9:16 AM

Listen, personal property is personal property whether the keys are left in the car or not. Doesn't give these hoodlums the right to take what isn't theirs.

Let's keep the blame where it's due .. on the juveniles who commited the crime! They wouldn't have known the keys were in the car if they weren't CASING the homes. Be glad it was the CAR and not the HOUSE that was robbed.

Sheesh!

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Jun 25, 2008, at 11:17 AM

I have to agree with shanbilly. It they want to act like "the big boys" then let them do time with "the big boys"!

-- Posted by th1953 on Wed, Jun 25, 2008, at 12:33 PM

Matt Dillion,SURVIVINGMOM , are you serious!

-- Posted by Sand mann on Wed, Jun 25, 2008, at 1:43 PM

The owner of the car might have accidentally left the keys in the car... you dont know.. It's not his fault the stupid kids stole the car. I cant believe what i am reading on here about people making refrences to the cops not doing their job.... if it was your vehicle and they just happend to let them go then you would be furious then too. Everyone wants to say the cops in this town dont do their job blah blah but when they do you get on here and complain about it. It's really sad that people cant stand behind our police departments and thank them for all of their hard work. They keep drunks, and druggies and stupid kids that try to vandalize your property, and speeders all away from you and me to protect us!!! and you want to complain about them. They need our praise and thanks for EVERYTHING they do to keep our city safe... So thank you BCPD and CCSD for everything you do to keep us safe. I really appreciate it. Keep up the good work.

-- Posted by piper08 on Wed, Jun 25, 2008, at 3:03 PM

I remember when i was a kid, we left keys in the car all the time slept with the doors unlocked and even left standing open, Cant do that now. Its a shame you cant even feel safe in your own home.

Plus WHY IS IT EVERY TIME THERE IS AN ARREST ITS ALWAYS THE COPS FAULT? People is always blaming the cops For other people breaking the law. Come on people put the blame where it belongs. And that on the people the break the law. Not the cops or the people that left thier keys in the car.

If it were your car taken and the cops let it go the it would be the cops fault huh. ANd if they stopped them with your car that had been taken then they would be the good guys.

Thats the problem their norespect any more, if so you would not be dogging on a person who is out thier serving and protecting you , your family and your property

-- Posted by pepsilady on Wed, Jun 25, 2008, at 3:27 PM

Accidentally left the keys in the car? Just how do you do that? You shut the car off with the key, just take it out of the ignition. If you can't do that, you shouldn't be driving in the first place. Well, this is Brazil we're talking about.

If the keys weren't left in the car, the "stupid" kids wouldn't have stolen it in the first place. The idiots who took the car could have just as easily hurt or killed someone while driving it or during the chase. But heaven forbid, place no blame on the vehicle's owner.

-- Posted by Matt Dillion on Wed, Jun 25, 2008, at 4:11 PM

MD.....Do we know if the keys were left in the ignition or just in the car??? Haven't you EVER taken your keys out from the ignition and laid them on the floorboard/console/seat while unloading it or getting sidetracked by something else? Then, before you know it, you've gone inside the house and forgotten all about the keys? I know I've done that before in my lifetime. I do not see it as the car owner's fault as to being the reason the car got stolen. I'll agree that leaving keys in the car isn't the wisest thing to do, but the bottom line is simply that the car didn't belong to the thieves! Using your reasoning, a person should not put a Jack-O-Lantern on his property because someone else might steal it and throw it through someone's window causing that person to have a heart attack....so who'd be at fault?

-- Posted by Bigpappy on Wed, Jun 25, 2008, at 4:38 PM

LOOK, keys in the ignition or not, it BELONGS to someone. NO ONE has the right to take it just because the keys are in it. I leave my keys in my car ALOT. WHY, BECAUSE IT IS MINE!!!! I'm tired of people making excuses for no good, hoodlums. If I see a waiter/waitress' tip money laying on a table, does this make it mine? I saw it first. If i'm carrying in groceries and leave my keys in the door, does that mean come on in? NOT! WAKE UP BRAZIL!!!!!

-- Posted by justlivinmylife on Wed, Jun 25, 2008, at 8:43 PM

You ppl just don't get it do you? No one said that the thug should have taken the car but it happens. Why make it easy?

For all of you who think it is ok to leave your keys in the car, why don't you leave your wallet or purse in the car? Go ahead, no one "should" take it but odds have it they will.

You can spin this anyway you like, but the fact remains that if the keys weren't left in the vehicle, it wouldn't have been stolen. Brazil is just fortunate that the driver didn't get into an accident and kill someone.

Now who will be the first to step up and leave their wallet on the front seat of their unlocked car???

-- Posted by Matt Dillion on Wed, Jun 25, 2008, at 9:15 PM

"MD.....Do we know if the keys were left in the ignition or just in the car??? Haven't you EVER taken your keys out from the ignition and laid them on the floorboard/console/seat while unloading it or getting sidetracked by something else? Then, before you know it, you've gone inside the house and forgotten all about the keys?"

Sure I have, but if it had been stolen, I'm not responsible? BS, if I had taken the keys out, it wouldn't have been stolen would it? Check you insurance company and see what they tell you about leaving the keys in your car and then it get stolen.

-- Posted by Matt Dillion on Wed, Jun 25, 2008, at 9:19 PM

MD...I am willing to say we are in agreement concerning responsibility. Yes, everyone should be responsible enough to do everything possible to deter any kind of theft. I personally don't use a key to start my car, but the electronic device must be in the "area". My spouse's key fob has been left inside the car on an occasion or two unbeknownst to me. Consequently, it could have been stolen. In all honesty, if a thief wants your vehicle badly enough, he can, with enough knowledge, get it to start and steal it. So, the blame lies with the thief. I agree, however, that we should not make it simpler for the low-life individual.

-- Posted by Bigpappy on Wed, Jun 25, 2008, at 9:35 PM

Lets think about this there have been how many cars stolen in the last couple of weeks? 4 or 5 cars and all have been in the paper that the keys were left in the vehicle. So the car thiefs are not just picking random cars and hot wiring or anything. They are checking several vehicles throughout the city one after another until they find one that has the keys in the vehicle and they are taking it. Whether the keys are in the vehicle or not theft is theft. i think that people should not leave there keys in the car because there are criminals in Brazil, Clay County , State of Indiana and all across the nation. Thats what these criminals do just that, breaks laws and they should go to jail.

As for saying that the cops doing something wrong. They didnt tell the juvenile crooks to steal the vehicle. They were out patroling the city looking for criminals. Great Job BPD! The criminal tried to run in the vehicle putting lives at risk BPD and CCSD did the best job they could and that was making two arrests on law breakers. Heck it sounds like after the vehicle stopped one of the juveniles punks tried to run on foot. But CCSD K-9 Forrest was there to apprehend. It sounds like we have some of the best police dogs and police officers around. Thank You CCSD and BPD for a job well done and Forrest keep up the good work.

-- Posted by BigCB20 on Thu, Jun 26, 2008, at 4:52 AM

Regardless of who left keys in their cars. This boys has been trouble for years. His mother is trouble and his grandmother took the job of raising him. But unfortunately the damage was already done. Some kids are bad seeds and they need to be weeded out or they will ruin our youth that have a chance of being responsible. GOOD job BCPD!!! Another one off the streets!! Lets fill up this justice center with our local idiots!! Praise to all in the police force!!!

-- Posted by chickenlady on Thu, Jun 26, 2008, at 8:13 AM

Wow Who knew there were so many paragons of unflawed perfection within Clay County?

I admit that I am not perfect. I'm guilty of being forgetful and leaving my keys, my money and purse, my CDs, my college books, some clothing, several Christmas packages and other valuables in MY CAR at one time or another in my life.

My purse was stolen once and someone cleaned out the change in my ashtray when my car was parked at the grocery store. It was locked, but I left windows down just enough the thief got their arm in there to open the door.

Guess what, it's not really a crime! Yeah, insurance companies won't pay up, but law enforcement doesn't arrest people for being forgetful! The officer who took the report scolded me, but even he said it was a shame that we can't trust our communities anymore.

It is always easy to blame the victim, but the truth remains exactly the same no matter how absentminded or foolish the victim might have been.

The thief broke the law when they stole.

-- Posted by Cy on Thu, Jun 26, 2008, at 1:44 PM

Okay enough crap already. If you steal a car, you've broken the law regardless of how you did it. If you are in possession of an item that does not belong to you IT'S THEFT regardless again of your age, color, sex, and most of all mentality. We've all left things here and there at some point in our lives and to sit and say "oh not me", well you're full of bullcrap!!! to your eyes so much your eyes are brown and if they're blue, well it's fermented! GET OVER YOURSELF! Theft is theft no matter what! I personally think it should go back to the days if you steal you loose a hand! Marks you for future references. Believe locking him up yeah is a good idea, but most of the time those who get locked up just learn better ways to do it next time. Whack off a few fingers and see what how they react! So don't set there and complain and try to place blame on the police, when in fact you're just projecting your own inadequacies on them. Our police work their butts off, yeah sometimes it's questionable about how they go about things and some things seem to DRAGGGGGG on forever and sometimes it's like the keystone cops, but all in all when it comes down to the brass tacks! They protect us everyday by putting thier lives on the line. Just think what it would be like if they weren't here! So quit complaining I can gaurentee that at the first sign of trouble guess who you'll be calling? Yeah, Those that you feel so worthy of complaining about!

-- Posted by cheeziette on Thu, Jun 26, 2008, at 4:06 PM

Chickenlady.....AGREED! Knew this boy when he was in elementary school. Could have told you right then and there that he was going to end up in trouble. Teachers have a 6th sense about those things!

-- Posted by Bigpappy on Thu, Jun 26, 2008, at 4:54 PM

"MD and SURVIVINGMOM those have got to be the most rediculous statements I have ever heard . I guess we should applaude you two for never leaving your keys in your car"

Well, it would be if I had said that, but I didn't. Actually, I said I had, but let's just ignore that little detail. Not doing well with the reading skills, huh?

-- Posted by Matt Dillion on Thu, Jun 26, 2008, at 7:49 PM

A little redneck criminology 101:

OK. I tried to just read but I can't. Look, people, don't leave the keys in your car. Its still theft if someone steals it but its not the same crime. There are people who would never, ever steal your car with a slidehammer or hotwire it. No, no, that would be too much work. But, if they see the keys in the car, they'll hop in and go.

In some ways I have more "respect" for the slidehammer/hotwire thieves. At least they are willing to do a little work.

The opportunistic thieves are really the worst kind but their sentences are less because they don't show a clear disregard ("willing to work at stealing") for the law. They are, however, the most prevalent and they are harder to spot.

Don't give them a chance. Take your keys out. Of course we are all guilty of leaving our keys in the vehicles. "Oh, I'll just be in for a minute...", blah blah. Don't do it.

-- Posted by TheRider on Mon, Jun 30, 2008, at 12:56 PM


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