It began with a Leicester resident observing an attempted vehicle break-in at 1:30 a.m. and ended with three Connecticut teenagers being apprehended in an Auburn swamp.
Police officers from Leicester, Oxford, Auburn and the state police – with a tracking dog – were involved in the case.
Leicester police gave the following account:
Early Tuesday morning, a resident contacted police after seeing two individuals try to break into vehicles in their driveway. Officers from Leicester and Oxford arrived at the scene and spotted two people getting into a vehicle and speeding away. It was determined the vehicle had been stolen in Connecticut. The driver failed to stop for police and headed toward Worcester at a high speed.
The vehicle eventually crashed in Auburn at Routes 20 and 12. The three people in the vehicle ran into nearby woods. A search was organized, aided by a state police tracking dog.
Three individuals were soon located in a swamp. The suspects, whose names were not released by police, are two 18-year-old males and a 17-year-old female. They face a series of charges, including breaking and entering into a motor vehicle in the nighttime, receiving stolen property and failure to stop for police.