Teens Facing Theft and Burglary Charges

Time: 1 a.m.
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017
Location: 3300 block of Park Avenue, Paducah
Suspects: Juveniles, ages 14 and 15, taken into custody on charges of theft by unlawful taking (automobile, $10,000 or more), first-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, first-degree criminal mischief and second-degree possession of a controlled substance. One of the youths also was charged with possession of a handgun by a minor.

Two juveniles were taken into custody early Tuesday morning after they were caught inside a Park Avenue business.

Officer Chris Fearon reported that, at about 1 a.m. Tuesday, he observed a red GMC pickup truck and a white Ford passenger car pull into several business parking lots along Park Avenue. Each time, he said, the vehicles would wait a few moments and then move to another parking lot. He said he saw the vehicles pull onto the parking lot of Stacy Motors, 3337 Park Ave., and remain stationary.

As he approached, Fearon saw the vehicles were unoccupied, and he spotted two people inside Stacy Motors. Fearon said one of the two ran toward the back of the business as he got to the front doors. Fearon said the other individual came outside willingly and the one who ran came out when ordered to do so.

Officers searched the building and found a loaded 45-caliber pistol underneath a desk.

Fearon said the two – identified as juveniles, ages 14 and 15 – admitted they had broken into the business earlier to “hang out.” They said they had borrowed the white Ford passenger car from a friend, and had found the keys to the GMC pickup truck inside Stacy Motors. They said they took the truck, which was on the lot for sale, and drove it to the area of Barkley Regional Airport in western McCracken County. Fearon said the truck had sustained visible damage on the passenger side.

The youths said they had taken several bottles of liquor from a refrigerator at the business, which Fearon found in the back seat of the Ford car. He also found a pill bottle containing several different kinds of medication, including Xanax and Concerta, a Schedule II controlled substance. The youths said they had found the handgun under the seat of the car and had taken it inside Stacy Motors.

The teens were taken into custody and lodged in McCracken County Juvenile Detention Center.