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Police searching for Bellevue car thieves

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A 17-year-old has been charged with breaking into multiple vehicles on Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

Police said the teen, who was living in Pegram, TN, has been charged with Juvenile Court warrants for evading arrest, vandalism, four counts of burglary of a motor vehicle and theft of a Honda. Additional charges are pending.

A band of young thieves broke into at least a dozen parked cars in Bellevue over the weekend, and police said they knew just what they were looking for.

West Precinct detectives are looking for at least three juveniles in the case. The two cars stolen are mid-1990s Hondas.

Police said someone who knows what they're doing can trip the ignition pretty easy.

"My car was literally right here," said Joya Wynn.

Wynn parked her 1996 Honda outside her home at a Bellevue apartment complex on Saturday. She never expected it would be crashed the next morning.

The thieves who stole it were being chased by police, who were following up on reports that cars were being broken into on nearby Hicks Road in Bellevue.

The driver and two other suspects went down a steep embankment and made their escape along the Harpeth River Greenway.

With her totaled car, Wynn can't count on insurance because she only had liability insurance. She will have to pay out of pocket to replace the car.

"I was sick, especially because of the insurance," said Wynn. "I've never met anyone who got their car stolen. I never thought it would happen to me."

Before Wynn's car was taken, the thieves stole another car from the same complex.

Both were Hondas from the mid-1990s and are said to be easy to hot wire.

"We talked to a mechanic. He said it could be done in actually less than five minutes," said Wynn.

They then broke into over a dozen cars in Wynn's complex off Old Hickory Boulevard, using her car to stash the stolen items.

"Over 15 cars worth of people's stuff was stored in my car, and they were driving my car around. It was like the getaway car," said Wynn.

Officers who were chasing the suspects recognized the driver, saying he was a juvenile.

The 17-year-old, who was not identified by police, had previous arrests for theft, evading arrest, vandalism and domestic assault.

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