The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


July 20, 2012

Teens charged with van theft

Police say suspects stole vehicle, ran

CLINTON — Three 15-year-old males from Clinton were charged with theft of a motor vehicle, a Class D felony, and interference with official acts following a van theft and chase on the north side of Clinton on Thursday.

Malcolm Dewayne Prince, Tyler Cook and Devon Sparlin, all from Clinton, were stopped by Clinton police at 21st Avenue North and Garfield Street after police responded to a stolen vehicle in the area of Seventh Avenue North and Second Street at 8 a.m., according to a press release from Cpl. John Davis.

Once police initiated the traffic stop, the three juveniles fled on foot from the vehicle, according to the release.

A foot pursuit between police and the suspects ensued. Police were able to take Prince and Cook into custody shortly after the foot pursuit began, but Sparlin escaped. The Clinton County canine unit was called in to assist with the search for Sparlin.  

According to Davis, police canvased the area and found Sparlin in a home he was likely to be staying at within a half hour of when the foot pursuit began.

In addition to motor vehicle theft and interference with official acts, Sparlin was charged with felony escape.

The three juveniles were transported to the Clinton Police Department within an hour of when the incident began, according to Davis.

Davis would not comment on whether this incident is believed to be related to any other motor vehicle thefts in Clinton.

The incident remains under investigation by the Clinton Police Department.  

The Clinton Herald does not include the names of juvenile suspects unless they are charged with a felony.

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