Fairfax County police have arrested four Centreville boys — three 14-year-olds and one 13-year-old — Saturday, March 30, in connection with a car theft, and charged all four with grand larceny auto.
A 31-year-old Centreville man had parked his Chevrolet Cavalier in front of his house on Honey Hill Court in the Heritage Estates community and, around 11 a.m., he went outside and started it. Trouble was, he then went back inside his house while the car warmed up and, during that brief time, the boys stole his car.
However, while an officer was taking the stolen-vehicle report, police received another call reporting that the victim's car had just been involved in a hit-and-run accident on Rydell Road in the Lee Overlook community. Police said the vehicle struck a parked car there. The officer then drove to that area and found the abandoned car on Paddington Lane.
Additional officers responded, and together they found and apprehended the four teens nearby. Besides the auto-theft charges against all of them, police also charged the driver, 14, with having a concealed weapon — a knife — and hit-and-run.
He and one other boy were held at the Juvenile Detention Center, and the other two were released into their parents' custody. Police say two of the boys were brothers. All attended middle school locally, but police declined to identify which schools.
<tgl> — BONNIE HOBBS