BRYAN, TX — The Bryan Police Department are urging parents to keep their children home after they say they investigated a series of reported stolen vehicles.
According to police, starting on March 25 at 8:00 p.m., officers investigated several incidents believed to be connected.
The cases involved juveniles.
The following is a timeline based on the preliminary investigation:
8:18 pm – 3500 block of Plainsman – report of a stolen vehicle, 1994 Ford Mustang. The owner reported the vehicle was running and unattended for a short amount of time when it was taken.
8:45 pm – 2805 N. Texas Ave. at Handi Stop– report of a stolen vehicle, 2003 Black Cadillac CTS. The owner reported the vehicle was running when he went inside the store.
9:55 pm – 2105 E. WJB - at Raceway two males attempted to take property from an unlocked vehicle. The owner confronted the individuals and they dropped the property and fled in a black Cadillac. This Cadillac is believed to be the one stolen from Handi Stop. The owner did not press charges at the time.
10:22 pm – 2105 E. WJB near Raceway – while officers were in the area investigating the attempted burglary of motor vehicle, they conducted a traffic stop on the stolen Ford Mustang. They identified two 15-year-old male juveniles. The driver was arrested for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. The passenger was released to a parent.
11:04 pm – N. Sterling and W. 24th – Officers observed a 2019 Toyota Corolla driving with no headlights. Officers stopped the vehicle and identified a 14-year-old male and 14-year-old female. It was determined that the vehicle being driven had been taken from the female’s parents without permission from College Station. The investigation revealed that the male was also involved in some of the earlier offenses. Both juveniles were released to their parents.
On March 26 at 9:00 a.m. the Cadillac was recovered in a vacant field in North Bryan.
Another juvenile male is being sought in connection to these offenses.
Although many of the juveniles were released, the cases are still under investigation.
Bryan Police say due to the age of the individuals involved, names will not be released.
Police say as a reminder please remove valuable items, lock your doors, and never leave your keys in the vehicle.
"We encourage parents to make sure their children are staying at home and to limit contact with others in order to prevent crime and the spread of COVID19," Bryan Police said.
The Bryan Police Department is asking anyone with information to contact the Criminal Investigation Division at 979-209-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 979-775-TIPS (8477).