Two 13-year-olds arrested in separate car capsules in Bay Area

SAN LEANDRO, California (CROWN) – Two 13-year-old boys were arrested the same day in connection with separate car capsules in the Bay Area.

One of the 13-year-old boys was driving in a stolen car on L Street in Antioch when he led police officers in a chase at 2:55 a.m. Sunday, according to the Antioch Police Department.

The car had previously been stolen by gun-wielding assailants in Oakland.

The young driver was chased by police from Antioch to Oakley until he crashed into a decorative rock outside a Starbucks coffee shop on Main Street. The boy, who is from Concord, ran from the smashed vehicle.

Police eventually found the boy hidden in a nearby neighborhood and arrested him.

Over in San Leandro, another 13-year-old boy was arrested at 9 a.m. Sunday morning in connection with another car hijacking.

The San Leandro Police Department said the boy was sitting in a stolen vehicle with several other youths next to a Walmart store at 15555 Hesperian Blvd. The car had been stolen from a pizza delivery man on Lexington Avenue two days earlier.

“The victim, in this case, was forcibly removed from his vehicle by four suspects while delivering pizza. While this was happening, a suspect produced a firearm and demanded the victim’s car keys,” the SLPD wrote.

Patrol officers saw the group of suspected car thieves go inside Walmart.

When the group left Walmart, they were surrounded by law enforcement.

The 13-year-old boy was arrested in addition to a 12-year-old. The other young people in the group were returned to their families.

“We are grateful to have alarming officers sharing information with each other. In this case, our midnight officers presented this investigation to our daycare officers, who diligently searched and found the hijacked vehicle,” said Police Lieutenant Matt Barajas.

None of the young people’s names were released by the police because they are minors.

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