SOMERS, N.Y. - Several Connecticut teens were arrested on July 14 in New Jersey after leading police on a multi-county chase with a car stolen from Somers.
Police also linked the teens to many of the car break-ins in Somers on July 12.
According to police in Hanover, N.J., seven teenagers from New Haven, Conn., ages 13-17, were arrested after crashing the car near the Willowbrook Mall in Wayne, N.J.
Police learned the car was stolen from Somers after checking the registration when they saw it speeding on Route 10 in East Hanover, N.J. Police pursued the speeding car onto Route 80 and then Route 46 in Wayne, N.J. Hanover Police did not specify the make or model of the car stolen from Somers.
The teens "rammed a North Caldwell police vehicle in Little Falls," authorities said, before striking a curb, which disabled the stolen car near the Willowbrook Mall.
Police said several of the teens ran from the car, but all were caught after a brief chase.
The teens were charged with eluding, receiving stolen property, possession of under 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. There also are numerous motor vehicle charges from each of the towns they drove through, including aggravated assault charges from hitting the police car in Little Falls.
Additionally, police were able to link the teens to 17 car burglaries in Hanover Township, N.J., at least two car burglaries in Florham Park, N.J., 15 car burglaries in Livingston, N.J. and several in Somers and Kent, New York.
The teens were taken to Morris County Juvenile Detention Center pending court appearances.
In Somers, Supervisor Rick Morrissey sent out a Code Red notification on July 12 urging residents to lock their car doors after many woke up to find items had been stolen from their cars overnight. The vast majority of the cars were not locked, Morrissey said.