Washington Evening Journal
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The Mt. Pleasant Police Department reported that at 4:55 p.m., Jan. 6, two juveniles ran away from the Christamore House located on South Irish Road.
About an hour later, police received a report on a stolen vehicle on East Linden Drive.
According to the report from the Mt. Pleasant Police Department, the two juveniles had been seen in the area just prior to the vehicle theft.
The report said that footprints from the two juveniles went from the Christamore House to two other locations where burglaries were committed or attempted. The tracks then went to the stolen car location.
The juveniles returned back to the Christamore House around 2 a.m. Law enforcement was notified of their return around 7:30 a.m., Friday.
The report said that the juveniles had stolen the car and purse from a vehicle and driven to Biggsville Illinois, and left the car at a gas station. Henderson County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the recovery of the vehicle.
The owners of the thefts were able to retrieve most of their items back.
The two juveniles — a male and a female — are from the Dubuque area. They were both charged with theft 2nd and burglary 3rd.
The report said that the Juvenile Courts in Dubuque were notified of the crimes but have not placed the juveniles in a locked facility yet.
Later on Jan. 7, the same female juvenile, along with another female juvenile from Dubuque, ran away again and were eventually caught after a foot chase near the 2200 block of East Washington Street.
A subsequent report from the Mt. Pleasant Police Department said the saga continued on Jan. 9 when three juveniles — including the two that were alleged to be involved in the vehicle theft — ran away from Christamore House at 9:38 p.m.
Just before 4 a.m., the Scott County Sheriff’s Office notified Mt. Pleasant police that the juvenile had been located in a vehicle from Mt. Pleasant later found to be stolen.
Mt. Pleasant police encourage people to lock the vehicles and residences. Anyone who sees suspicious activity is encouraged to contact the department at 319 385-1450.