Between March 1, 2018, and March 8, 2018 there were 14 reports regarding stolen vehicles. Of those 14, twelve vehicles were left running and unattended, with the keys in the ignition. All but two vehicles have since been recovered. On March 6, 2018, Harrisburg Police put out a public statement regarding auto thefts and advised residents to not leave their running vehicles unattended.
On March 8, 2018, at approximately 6:56 a.m., Harrisburg Police Officers were dispatched to the 1900 block of Rudy Road for a report of a stolen Honda Odyssey, which was left running and unattended. The victim stated that she went outside to warm up her vehicle. She went back inside the residence and came out a short time later and observed a young male, described as a student, run up to the vehicle and flee east bound on Rudy Road with the vehicle.
At approximately 7:45 a.m., an officer notified dispatch that he located the stolen vehicle in the area of South 19th and Walnut Streets. The vehicle parked in the 1800 block of Apricot Street and the occupants fled. One of the occupants was observed getting onto a school bus. Harrisburg Police contacted the school and obtained video surveillance footage from the bus.
Three juveniles were identified as the occupants of the stolen vehicle. When interviewed, they admitted to conspiring to steal the vehicle. Two of the juveniles’ fingerprints were recovered from the Odyssey. Additionally, one of the juvenile’s prints were also recovered from a Subaru Forester that had been stolen on February 12, 2018.