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Teens accused of stealing cars in Berlin, driving them to Hartford

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Berlin police. (WFSB file photo) Berlin police. (WFSB file photo)

Three teenagers were arrested for stealing a couple of cars from a home in Berlin and bringing them to Hartford.

Police said the cars were reported stolen around 6:45 a.m. on Monday by a resident on Overhill Drive.

They said they homeowner said the suspects broke into his home through a window screen, took the vehicles' keys and drove them away.

Hartford police said they located one of the vehicles just after 11 a.m.

After one of the suspects rammed a police cruiser with the vehicle, two of them were arrested. The driver was 16 years old and his passenger was 19 year-old Gerald Jackson.

Detectives in Berlin said they identified the third suspect as a 17-year-old. That suspect was found with the second stolen vehicle, which was also in Hartford. The second vehicle was discovered shortly after 1 p.m.

All three suspects have been charged by Hartford police in connection with the case.

"Yesterday, we recovered nine stolen cars," Hartford Police Deputy Chief Brian Foley said.   

Berlin police also expected to submit arrest warrants for the crimes since they originated in their town.

"We are having an auto theft problem in the region where out of town cars are being brought to the city of Hartford," Foley said.

The suspects told police that before going to Berlin, they'd been rifling through unlocked vehicles in Newington and Wethersfield. They were looking for cars with keys in them.

"As cops we can only hope to get them in front of justice and to the services. And when they get out help them to do anything and help these kids in the city succeed," Foley said.

The arrests come after a 13-year-old driver Jamaire Smith was killed after he crashed a stolen car in Hartford. His 15-year-old passenger, Jaden Cooper,  is still recovering at the Bridgeport Burn Unit. Police said they stole cars from a Middletown condo complex. 

Police sought to remind drivers to lock their homes and vehicles.

"Do what you can to prevent your cars from being stolen, don't be a victim. Don't leave your keys fobs near your car that can be stolen" Foley said.

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