An observant state trooper on the Adirondack Northway was able to nab a teenager who allegedly stole a car in Franklin County.
State police charged a 16-year-old male from Fort Mill, S.C., with three counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, a class E felony, at 8:13 a.m. Thursday. He was also charged with petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor.
Police said the youth, whose name has been withheld due to his age, may have run away from Adirondack Leadership Expeditions in Onchiota. ALE is a wilderness character-development program for troubled teens, with an office in Saranac Lake and a camp facility in Onchiota.
At about 6:20 a.m. Thursday, a 2003 Subaru Legacy Outback was reported stolen from a residence on state Route 3 in the town of Franklin. Police said the keys and a wallet were left in the vehicle, and an "older" Cannondale mountain bike was left at the scene. Police said the vehicle was likely stolen sometime between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday.
A trooper on the Northway (Interstate 87) in the town of Elizabethtown heard a state police dispatch about the stolen car on his radio and then saw a car matching the description pass him. The trooper stopped the car, and the teenage operator told him he was headed to South Carolina.
The teenager was taken to the state police Troop B headquarters in Ray Brook and formally charged. He was remanded to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond; he was still in jail as of Friday afternoon. He's scheduled to appear in Franklin town court at a later date.
Contact Chris Morris at 518-891-2600 ext. 25 or firstname.lastname@example.org.