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Charleston police recover vehicle stolen from Cato Pool; juvenile arrested

Charleston police say this vehicle that was stolen from the parking lot of Cato Pool on Baker Lane was recovered Thursday after a pursuit on the West Side. (Charleston Police Department)

Charleston police said they arrested a juvenile on the West Side after the pursuit of a vehicle that was stolen from the parking lot of Cato Pool.

The vehicle, a 2007 maroon Ford Fusion, was taken sometime after 6 p.m. Friday from the parking lot on Baker Lane. A witness reported seeing three juvenile males rummaging through people’s bags at the pool. When he realized the victim’s vehicle was being stolen, he chased after it on foot.

Police said in a news release that an officer with the Charleston Police Department attempted to stop the vehicle about 2 p.m. Thursday for speeding on the interstate. The suspect abandoned the stolen vehicle in the 600 block of Tennessee Avenue and fled on foot.

Officers took the suspect into custody without incident near Anaconda Avenue. A K-9 search was conducted in the area where the suspect had been hiding from officers. The keys to the stolen vehicle, a firearm and items of clothing were found.

The suspect, a 17-year-old male, is being charged through juvenile court with possession of a stolen vehicle, fleeing on foot and being a juvenile in possession of a firearm. At this time, it is unknown if the juvenile who was arrested was involved in the theft of the vehicle from Cato Pool on Friday.

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