Four teenaged boys on a crime spree in east Petaluma landed in custody Sunday, Petaluma police reported.
Three 16- and 17-years-olds from Petaluma and a 17-year-old from Roseville stole numerous items from unlocked cars, went shopping with stolen credit cards and stole an unlocked Toyota 4Runner when they found the keys inside, Lt.. Matt Stapleton said.
Police were alerted to the teens when a citizen reported seeing a speeding 4Runner crash into a curb on Sunrise Parkway.
The caller watched as four teens got out and began wiping it down, as if they were erasing fingerprints, Stapleton reported.
The four left the vehicle on the side of the road and walked away.
Officers already knew about the stolen Toyota -- the owner on Falcon Ridge Drive had called at 8 a.m. Sunday.
Several officers responded to Sunrise Parkway and found three of the teens in the area. Two were arrested, but one ran into the eastside neighborhood, jumping over backyard fences to elude officers.
The boy ran several blocks to a home where he used to live, went inside and told a woman living there he was being chased by gang members, police said. He asked her for a ride and the woman's brother took him to Penngrove.
Officers found discarded property that included something that identified the fugitive as the Roseville boy, police said. Police contacted his mother, who agreed to help. She picked him up and drove him to the police station where he was arrested.
Officers arrested the fourth teen at about 2 p.m. Sunday after finding him in a car with his brother.
Stapleton said the cars burglarized were in the Turtle Creek, Kings Mill and Adobe Creek neighborhoods and along Garfield Drive.
The teens used the stolen credit cards to buy gas, cigarettes and fast food but tried and failed three times to buy TVs at stores in Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park and Petaluma, police said.
They were arrested on suspicion of auto theft, burglary, using a stolen credit card, possessing stolen property and obstructing officers.
Some of the stolen items have been recovered. Owners should contact Officer Art Farinha at 778-4372 to claim their property.
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