An 8 year old child involved in a car theft in a park; Columbus Police Search Another Young Suspects

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Columbus Police say this follows the continuing pattern they’ve seen of young people involved in carjackings across the city.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Police Division is investigating two recent car hijackings in the city. One of them, they say, involved an 8-year-old.

Police said last Saturday night a woman was parked in Wrexham Park when she was approached by a group of six young people.

They showed her what appeared to be a gun, but she couldn’t tell if it was real, so she abandoned her car. It ended up being a pepper bullet gun.

Police were able to locate the car after four hours and a high-speed chase.

They later discovered that a 15-year-old, a 10-year-old and an 8-year-old were in the car.

“One of the most important things is that parents know where their children are. I find it hard to believe the 8-year-old is the mastermind of this incident, but he was hanging out with older kids and clearly following a bad example, ”said Columbus Police Sgt.Collins Kane.

Columbus Police said the 10-year-old and 15-year-old boys were charged that night with felony charges.

Columbus Police are also investigating an August auto theft in northern Columbus.

10TV obtained surveillance footage of a hijacking in a BP parking lot on Morse Road. This happened on August 11 around 1:30 a.m.

Police said a group of men stopped at the gas station and walked around the parking lot. One of them then exits and jumps into a car at the pump, while the owner is standing on his phone.

The owner tries to stop the thief but ends up being dragged into the lot.

“We see the exact same pattern over and over again and I have dozens of these cases like this. It happens all along Morse Rd. We had, between August and September, about 19 cases exactly like this between 270 and 71, ”said Commander Duane Mabry.

Police say the stolen vehicle in the video has been found, but they need your help in locating the thieves.

If you recognize the people in this video or know anything about these crimes, call the Columbus Police.

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