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PD: Teens Topple Stolen Van During Donut Attempt

Naugatuck police said four boys stole a van in Oxford and went on a joyride before putting the vehicle on its side in a soccer field.

A group of Naugatuck teenagers stole a van from a street in Oxford on Saturday, went on a joyride across the area and then, in attempt to pull off a donut in a soccer field, toppled the stolen vehicle onto its side, police said.

Now the boys, two 14-year-olds and two 16-year-olds, are all facing criminal charges including larceny and reckless driving.

At 11:40 p.m. police responded to the Lantern Park condominium complex after getting a 911 call regarding a reckless driver in the field on Round Tree Drive. When the officers got there, they found the white 2003 Ford E-350 on its right side and two teenagers still inside, said Lt. Robert Harrison, Naugatuck police spokesman.

Harrison said the driver was attempting to do a “donut” in the field, meaning he was trying to drive the van in a circle so to cause damage to the ground. But he failed on the first attempt and the van went down, Harrison said.

Neither of the boys, including the 14-year-old driver, were injured during the crash, and both were safely extricated.

The two 14-year-olds had stolen the van in Oxford, although Harrison said he didn’t have information on specifically where the theft happened. They then drove through both Naugatuck and Waterbury to pick up their two friends, the 16-year-olds, before coming back to Lantern Park.

Clear tire marks were still at the soccer the field Monday, leading back to a nearby parking lot. Two of the boys had gotten out of the van before the donut attempt and were socializing with some nearby observers, Harrison said. Harrison said drugs and alcohol were not a factor in this incident.

All four teens were released to their parents and are due in Waterbury Juvenile Court on April 24.

Really? No, Really??? April 25, 2012 at 03:17 PM
I know kids make mistakes, but stealing a van????? 14 year old "children"? These kids need to be punished by the law and their parents, so they never attempt a crime of this magnitude again. If they are committing crimes of this nature at the age of 14,15 & 16 and not punished appropriately, what will they do in the future and how are we going to be protected from them? This leaves all of us vulnerable if they are not reprimanded by both their parents and the judicial system.
Really? No, Really??? April 25, 2012 at 04:58 PM
One more comment, I can mot believe how concerned most of you are about the damage done to the land. What about the damage done to the vehicle and the poor people who have to go through their own insurance to seek compensation? Not to mention a rate increase for these folks, a totaled vehicle and covering what the insurance doesn't??? Most of you have not even mentioned the Victims here! The owners of the vehicle. Where are your priorities???? Really, no, Really???
Really? No, Really??? April 25, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Robert, Your attitude is what perpetuates this problem. Oh, the kid is a good kid, everyone does it, you did it, so, OH I guess this is just OK by you. Well, it should be since you have just rationalized your crime. What about the VICTIMS OF THE CRIME???? Have you ever thought of them? Especially if you had the nerve to do it to your own parents! If you did it to strangers, well that should be OK too, huh? Really! I detest apathetic "adults" like you. You can't face your own adolescent crimes, so you identify with current adolescents who perpetrated the same criminal offence you never were caught for as a child, and justify this crime for your own convenience. What kind of functioning adult are you when you can identify with Juvenal delinquents???? PLEAEEESE give me a break. If you are man, you would not have the empathy you have communicated here for these troubled "children"
Really? No, Really??? April 25, 2012 at 08:28 PM
This is for Somebody, What about a girl??? And, what about "other important things" You have a voice, if you know something, you should report it to the police. Maybe then, the parents could be held culpable. If you are a witness, the least you can do is report it to the police. You don't have to reveal your identity. I do agree with you about holding the children responsible for restitution, but, honestly, what parent is going to come forward, when they are not required to. They are probably so embarrassed, they will sweep this under the carpet thinking they are protecting their kid, or, more importantly, themselves. This just proves what I just posted. These kids will get off with no punishment by the law or their parents. What a shame!
somebody0420 April 26, 2012 at 10:10 PM
@Really? No really??? The cops know all about the girl and the most if the other stuff. I am not a witness, but I am know the children involved. Most if the parents believe their children Should be accountable for their actions. Whether the courts impose restitution is questionable. The parents want to teach a lesson so it doesn't get worse. Because I know the whole story it doesn't mean its everybodies business. Also let me tell you from what I have been told the "victim" is not that innocent either. Like I said before there is a few variables about the story that people of the community are unaware of. I hope they learn a lesson and not "get off" , but its our its up to the courts now.

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