Two arrested for allegedly stealing 7 cars over eight days starting in late February – Sentinel & Enterprise

LEOMINSTER — A 19-year-old man and a j12-year-old girl were arrested in early March for allegedly stealing seven cars, all of them running at the time, in the downtown area of the city, according to police and court documents.

The spree of car thefts began on Feb. 25 when a man who owned a Nissan Murano reported to police that his car, while running, had been stolen while he was inside the Mr. Mike’s Mobil convenience store on N. Main Street for a few minutes.

As the number of cars stolen began to add up over eight days, detectives with the department began pulling surveillance recordings of the areas where all the cars went missing and determined that Yohance L. Jones, 19, of Manchester Street, with a 12-year-old girl were the suspects in the thefts, police said.

The Murano was found later that evening in the area of Bennett School on Pleasant Street, police said.

The second car theft occurred the next day, Feb. 26, at the Rye & Thyme Restaurant when one of its employees told police he had left the business, located on Monument Square, for a few minutes, started his car and went back inside. When he returned his Ford Escape was gone, police said.

An officer spotted the Escape a few minutes later and when he attempted to stop it, the driver stopped the car on Newton Street and its occupants ran off, police said.

The third theft occurred on Feb. 28 at Wyman’s Liquor Store when the driver of a Toyota Corolla parked in front of the store, with it running, went inside and when he returned the car was gone, police said.

The Corolla was found the next morning in the area of 19 Pleasant St., police said.

Only two hours later, a Volkswagen Jetta was stolen from behind the Rye & Thyme, police said.

The driver told police she parked in a handicapped space, left the car running, and went inside to pick up two family members and when she returned the car was gone.

It was found the next morning in the same area on Pleasant Street where the Corolla was found, police said.

On March 1, there was another reported theft when the driver of a Nissan Altima stopped at the CVS at 188 Central, left his car running, and when he returned it was gone, police said. It was found only a few minutes later on Pleasant Street, police said.

There were two other thefts on March 4 and 5, with the exact same circumstances, that occurred at the Quick Mart Convenience Store on Mechanic Street and at Lucky’s Cafe on Pleasant Street, respectively, police said.

The pair were caught and arrested by police about an hour after the fifth theft, when they were seen in the Wyman’s Liquor Store parking lot opening the doors of a Mercury SE and attempting to get in, police said.

An officer saw the two walking from Wyman’s, stopped them and found both wearing backpacks and once inspected found items from the earlier Lucky’s Cafe theft, police said.

Using surveillance video camera installed in areas around downtown, Jones and the 12-year-old were recorded in the immediate area of where every car was stolen, police said when concluding the pair were the suspects.

As a result, Jones was charged with seven counts of motor vehicle theft, and seven counts of felony breaking and entering, according to court documents.

When arraigned on Aug. 12, Jones was ordered held in lieu of posting a $4,000 cash bail and is currently detained at the Worcester County House of Correction, according to a spokesperson for the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office.

He will return to court on Nov. 4 for a probable cause hearing.

The juvenile will be processed through the Juvenile Court.





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