Three teenagers charged with stealing SUV in Gaithersburg
Two had handguns, police said
Gaithersburg police have charged three teenagers with stealing an SUV in Gaithersburg on Tuesday, as well as having handguns and other traffic offenses.
Dewaun Matthew Jordan, 18; Jvar Rashad Allen, 17; and Tejion James Jones, 16, stole an orange Volkswagen Tuesday night, according to a police press release.
Police said they got a call for what they thought was a residential burglary on Sunnyside Court at 10:50 p.m. Tuesday. While responding, they were told that two armed robbers were involved and were in an orange Volkswagen SUV.
One officer saw the Volkswagen and tried to stop it, but the driver drove away, police said. Police pursued the Volkswagen on Central and Oakmont avenues, in the Washington Grove area. When the Volkswagen crashed, the driver and a passenger ran away.
Gaithersburg police searched the area with Montgomery County and Maryland State police. When authorities saw the driver and passenger near Nina Court, Gaithersburg police also saw a silver Acura speeding away from that area, according to the press release.
Police said officers pursued the Acura and used a computer database to determine that the license plate matched an address off West Deer Park Road.
When the pursuit reached Bralan Lane, three people — later determined to be Jordan, Allen and Jones — got out and ran away. Officers pursued the three on foot and eventually arrested them, according to the press release.
Jones and Allen each had a handgun, police said.
Police said they determined that the Volkswagen was stolen after checking the license plate number on a computer database. There was no residential burglary, but police think the robbers might have taken items from the Volkswagen.
According to court records, Jordan has been charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit motor vehicle theft and one count each of conspiracy to take property worth between $25,000 and $100,000, being a rogue and vagabond, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.
Allen was charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit motor vehicle theft and one count each of being a rogue and vagabond, possession of a firearm by a minor, possession of a loaded handgun and conspiracy to take property worth between $25,000 and $100,000.
Jones was charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit motor vehicle theft and one count each of being a rogue and vagabond, conspiracy to take property worth between $25,000 and $100,000, possession of a firearm by a minor, possession of a loaded handgun and illegal possession of a regulated firearm.
Police said Jordan, Allen and Jones were all charged as adults. Court date and attorney information was not available Wednesday afternoon.
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