Three Abraxas teens steal pickup truck on Christmas Day


SHELBY – Three runaways from Abraxas Adolescent Treatment Center, accused by authorities of stealing a 2017 Chevrolet pickup truck on Christmas Day, were apprehended without incident by Ontario police, local officials said.

Ontario police were able to get behind the vehicle and On-Star was able to start slowing the vehicle on U.S. Highway 30 and stop it, according to law enforcement reports.

Just before that, speeds on North Lexington-Springmill Road hit around 85 mph, according to the report. Fortunately, traffic was light on Christmas Day evening, according to an Ontario police officer report.

According to the report from the Richland County Sheriff’s Office, the stolen vehicle, valued at $ 30,000, belonging to Ardane Roy Miller, 2000 Springmill Road, was declared stolen at 7:49 p.m.

Truck Tracked Via On-Star

The owner of the truck said the vehicle was last seen heading south on Springmill Road, according to the sheriff’s report. The truck, which had On-Star capabilities, was tracked on the Woodville and Cook roads.

While checking out the area, the call was lost with On-Star and the new call was made, according to the sheriff’s report. This time, the vehicle was on Lexington-Springmill and Alta West highways, heading north on Lexington-Springmill Road in Ontario, according to the sheriff’s report.

Ontario officers managed to stop the vehicle on US Route 30 and the three youths, ages 13, 14 and 16, were taken into custody at the County Juvenile Attention Center. Richland for theft. Summons were issued to each of the teenagers for running away, according to the sheriff’s report.

One of the teenagers told MPs that the three of them fled the Abraxas facility and stole the truck.

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Abraxas, 2775 Ohio 39, is a 100-bed residential treatment center for adolescent males.

In 2021 to date, there have been a total of 43 young Abraxas runaways, according to the sheriff’s records office. In 2020, MPs investigated 42 Abraxas fugitives.

In response to the facility’s numerous runaways, Richland County Sheriff’s Captain Donald Zehner told Jackson Township administrators at the May trustees meeting that the facility had reinstated a notification system. who calls residents when a minor runs away.

This week, Zehner said the sheriff’s office was trying to work with Abraxas on the ongoing issues.

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