Trick or Treating started early for three Washington County teens who stole a local truck, took it for a ride around the county and crashed it into the front porch of a Poplar Street resident early Halloween morning in Salem.
According to Salem Police Officer Ronnie Mays, a 2004 Gray Ford Ranger was stolen from Dawalt Funeral Home Friday evening, Oct. 30.
The teens — including a 17-year-old Eastern High School student, and two 13-year-olds from Salem – took the truck for a joy ride around Pekin and Campbellsburg before returning to Salem early Saturday morning, said Mays.
The vehicle belonged to Adam Kelly, and according to Mays, was totaled.
“Apparently he miscalculated his turn from Posey to Poplar Street,” said Mays, and crashed the truck into the front porch of a home belonging to Robert Fletcher, 306 West Poplar.
Mays said both airbags deployed.
“The boys ran and neighbors in the area tried to catch them but couldn’t,” he said. Police were called to the scene a little after 10a on Saturday.
Mays said several people have reported break-ins lately in the area and a vehicle at the Robert Bennett residence next to Dawalt Funeral Home had been burglarized.
“The 17 year old is a slow learner,” said Mays. According to police, the older teen had just spent two years in juvenile detention and had recently been released. He had previously stolen a vehicle belonging to Dr. Kalyn Carty and had crashed it into her yard two years ago.
The driver of the vehicle was not injured, but one of the passengers was taken to the hospital for treatment of a broken finger.
Mays warned residents to not leave anything of value in their vehicle and to keep vehicles parked outside locked when not in use.
The incident remains under investigation.