A vehicle stolen sometime late Tuesday evening or early Wednesday morning was connected to a strong-arm robbery in another state Wednesday.
Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton told The Brazil Times that a black 1999 Grand Prix reported stolen from a residence in the Nelly's Lane area was recovered in Missouri.
"Deputy Jonathan Chadd took the report around 4:30 a.m.," Heaton said. "Around 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, officials contacted our department about the vehicle being used in a strong-arm robbery in a small town in Jackson County."
Heaton confirmed the Lafayette County Sheriff's Department and Oak Grove City Police Department, in Missouri, were investigating the incident.
According to Oak Grove City Police Department Lt. Tony White, three juveniles allegedly used strong-arm tactics to rob a Quick Cash pay day loan company sometime between 11-11:30 a.m.
While officers were investigating the robbery, White said members of the Lafayette County Sheriff's Department were engaged in a pursuit with the vehicle used by the juveniles to leave the scene of the robbery.
Although the pursuit began in Lafayette County, the driver of the vehicle turned around and came back to Oak Grove, where the city police joined in the pursuit.
White said the dangerous 8-10 mile high-speed pursuit went through an activated school zone area, down the city's main street and the driver of the vehicle allegedly put several motorists and pedestrians in danger.
"Luckily no one was hurt and we were able to stop them before they got on the interstate," White told The Brazil Times in a telephone interview Wednesday evening. "I'm sure the speeds would have gotten even higher if they would have reached the interstate."
Although the investigation is not completed, officials believe the three juveniles, ages 14, 16 and 17, are runaways from Indiana. They were taken into custody and are currently being held by the Lafayette County Sheriff's Department.
Charging information and further case details are not available at this time to protect the integrity of the case.