Three Tampa-area 17-year-olds have been arrested on charges in a case involving a stolen car in Cape Coral and police chases involving them in northern Florida and Mississippi.
The News-Press is not naming the suspects because of their ages.
A Cape Coral police report said the three teens, two females and a male, came to the city on Feb. 22 and spent the night on the streets. Later interviews with the females found that they had no family, friends or reason to be in Cape Coral.
Shortly before 7 p.m. Feb. 23 the trio were at the McDonald’s at 1222 Cape Coral Parkway East when the females walked to a 7-Eleven next door and saw a car arrive and park, unlocked and running, near the front doors.
Cape Coral police said the females took the car back to McDonald’s, picked up the male suspect, who got behind the wheel, and then left Cape Coral.
The car, immediately reported stolen, was involved in two police pursuits, one in northern Florida and another in Gulfport, Mississippi, on Feb. 25.
The male was charged in Mississippi with fleeing and eluding. All three were returned to Florida.
The females were each charged with grand theft auto and grand theft for valuables stolen with the vehicle.
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