Runaway Teens Try to Take Stolen Car, Playboy Blankie to Canada
Two teens stole a car in Illinois and were busted in Bayside when they got in a fender bender, foiling their plot to run away to Canada for what they thought was the recently legalized marijuana and lower drinking age.
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Bayside police foiled the plans of two teenage boys after they stole a car and tried to run away to Canada for they thought was recently legalized marijuana, and lower drinking age there. Among the items they brought along were a Google map to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and a Playboy blanket.
Bayside police were patrolling the Brown Deer and Port Washington roads intersection just before 11 a.m. on Dec. 23 when they witnessed a car accident, according to their report. A car with Illinois plates making a right-hand turn on red didn’t yield to oncoming traffic and sideswiped another driver, alerting police with the loud crunching sound as the cars collided, the report said. After running their information, the Tennessee woman who was hit was released, as she had the right-of-way at the intersection.
But it turned out the car from Illinois had two kids inside who had been reported missing, with a 17-year-old boy at the wheel — without a license — and a 14-year-old boy in the passenger seat, according to the report. They were both taken to the police station and interviewed separately.
The 17-year-old then unfolded his getaway plan to police, which basically amounted to stealing a car and running away to Canada.
The teen told police he and the 14-year-old had decided to run off to Canada because of what he thought was recent marijuana legalization laws, and the lower drinking age there. A Google map printout from La Fayette, IL, to Saskatoon was found in the car, along with a list of things to bring, and a “plan.”
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The teen told police that on Dec. 22, around 3 a.m., he had attempted to steal his grandfather’s car but couldn’t get it out of a snowdrift. So he began pulling door handles on other cars in the neighborhood to see if any were unlocked. He said that after about three or four tries, he found a Dodge Charger unlocked and thought, “Sweet, I hope there’s keys in there.” And there were.
He told police he started the car and “took off” to the 14-year-old’s house, arriving around 4:30 a.m. He said he didn’t realize whose car it was until he found an insurance card in the center console with the name “Chastidy” on it, and then he remembered seeing a woman he knew named “Chastidy” driving the same car. He told police he knew the woman because “Chastidy’s” children pick on his cousins. The officer asked him what he thought when he realized who the car belonged to, and he said: “Payback.”
He told police he sideswiped the Tennessee car because he was watching the police car and was worried about getting pulled over. It was not clear why the boys got off the freeway and were in — of all places — Bayside. During the interrogation, police gave the teen a Coca-Cola and later McDonald’s, as well as multiple breaks in the interview.
The younger boy's parents and the stolen vehicle’s owner were contacted and they said they would be in to pick up their charges that evening. But police took the 17-year-old to the Milwaukee County Jail for the car theft. The 14-year-old was released to his mother just before 8 p.m., along with the bag he’d packed for the getaway, which included: a white Under Armour bag, Adidas clothing and a “Playboy” blanket.