Vehicle Pursuit 3/14/2019 700 blk. Rockland St.
On Thursday March 14, 2019 at approximately 0739 hrs. Officers from Platoon C responded to the 900 blk. St. Joseph St. for a report of a vehicle theft that had just occurred. The owner of the vehicle had left the vehicle unattended while it was running with the keys in ignition with the vehicle turned on.
Officers checked the area while another Officer spoke with the vehicle owner. No suspects were observed at the time of the theft. The owner was able to trace the location of the vehicle through a GPS device. The vehicle was described as a red 2001 Hyundai Sonata. The owner gave the Officer information that the vehicle was supposed to be in the area of S. Duke and Church St. Officers checked that area but did not locate the vehicle.
The location of the vehicle was updated to Rockland St. near the intersection of Juniata St. As Off. Davis checked the area he spotted the vehicle parked on the 700 blk. Rockland St. The vehicle was occupied by (2) unknown Hispanic male juveniles. Off. Davis notified other Officers and they responded to the area. The driver of the stolen vehicle pulled away from the parked position and drove south on Rockland St.
Sgt. Greathouse was responding to the area and drove west on Susquehanna St. toward Rockland St. As the driver of the stolen vehicle went past Sgt. Greathouse, the juvenile caused the stolen vehicle to clip the push bumper on the front of Sgt. Greathouse's marked Police vehicle. Sgt. Greathouse was not injured and the Police vehicle was not disabled.
The juvenile suspect drove north on the 400 blk. S. Ann St. Off. Davis attempted to catch up to the stolen vehicle but the juvenile suspect drove through several stop signs on S. Ann St. The pursuit was terminated and Officers no longer had the stolen vehicle in sight.
Officers believed that the suspect had turned west on either Green St. or E. End Ave. and then north on S. Shippen St. Officers checking the area found that the driver of the stolen vehicle sideswiped a small school bus that was driving south on S. Shippen St. near the intersection of Howard Ave. No children were on the bus at the time of the crash. The driver of the bus was not injured.
The owner of the stolen vehicle was able to update Officers that the vehicle appeared to be stationary in the area of E. Marion St. between N. Plum and N. Lime Sts. Officers located the stolen vehicle a few moments later on E. Marion St. just east of N. Shippen St. The suspects had fled from the vehicle prior to the arrival of Officers. The stolen vehicle was taken to the station to be processed for latent evidence.
As of the time of this release, the suspects have not been identified. Anyone with information on this incident or the identity of the suspects is asked to contact Lancaster Bureau of Police at 717-735-3301.
The Lancaster Bureau of Police would like to take this time to remind vehicle owners that leaving a vehicle unattended with the keys in the ignition is not a good idea and it is also a violation of City Code (local ordinance).