5 teenagers, none old enough to drive, arrested in stolen car chase

Posted at 10:02 PM, Jan 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-17 23:30:26-05

A police chase with a stolen van ends with five teens arrested, none of them old enough to drive.

It started in Brookfield and ended at a Wauwatosa elementary school on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The school was not in session, but teachers were there, causing a temporary lockdown until everyone was arrested.

The whole incident started around 2:15 p.m. Monday at the Pick 'N Save near 124th Street and Capitol Drive in Brookfield. According to police, five teens stole a minivan from the grocery store parking lot in the middle of the day.

"It's very shocking," said shopper Bill Strenk. "This doesn't seem to be the kind of place that would have somebody steal your car."

An officer spotted the teens driving recklessly on Capitol Drive, and tried to pull them over.  They took off going about 50 miles an hour on the busy road in the rain. Police say they stopped the pursuit because it was not safe.

Wauwatosa Police later spotted the van in the Madison Elementary School parking lot.  An officer says the teens rammed a squad, then took off running.  The group ranged in age from 13 to 15.  They were quickly caught.

"Kids should be in school not out stealing cars. It's just crazy," said Lisa Lindstadt, a Milwaukee mother. "They should know better."

Two of the juveniles were released back to their homes. Two others were taken to juvenile detention because of their records.  Police say the mother of the last juvenile refused to pick him up, so he was also taken to detention as well. That's a move Milwaukee father Desmond Jones applauds, but says even more needs to be done. 

"I think some of it has to do with parents being held accountable, because I know where my kids are right now. And I know where they are in the middle of the night or during school hours. So I think everybody should be that responsible with their kids," said Jones.

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