Teen burglary suspect captured after Roseburg crash

A burglary suspect is in custody after the get-away car crashed into a utility pole in Roseburg, police said.

Posted: Dec 12, 2019 11:25 AM

ROSEBURG, Ore. – A burglary suspect is in custody after the get-away car crashed into a utility pole in Roseburg, police said.

Police responded to the 420 Club, 2576 NE Stephens Street, at about 1 a.m. on Thursday. Investigators said several people damaged a window to get into the business and stole merchandise form inside.

A description of a vehicle of interest was identified, police said. It was spotted on NE Stephens Street just before 5 a.m. by an off-duty Douglas County deputy. The red Volkswagen beetle sped away from officers, continuing north.

Speeds reached between 65 and 80 mph, police said. Officers backed off as they approached an area of construction north of Costco. The suspect vehicle tried turning east on Taft Drive. The driver lost control and hit a utility pole.

The people inside the vehicle ran, but one suspect was tackled by law enforcement as he tried to run away. The suspect is a 16-year-old boy. The other suspects were not found, even with the help of police dog Nike.

Police said the teenager was found to be in possession of stolen items from the 420 Club and was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center on charges of burglary, theft and criminal mischief.

The alleged get-away vehicle sustained heavy damage and was towed. There is no evidence anyone was injured in the crash.

The investigation is ongoing.

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