Faribault teens arrested in Austin for stealing car

Published 9:32 am Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Two Faribault teens were arrested Monday at an Austin gas station for allegedly stealing a car and driving it to see friends.

An Austin officer was driving by Freedom Valu Center, 101 Fourth St. NW, around 11:42 a.m. Monday and spotted suspicious activity, according to Austin Police Chief Brian Krueger.

The officer approached a blue 2006 Chrysler Sebring with all the doors open and six people inside. The car had been reported stolen Monday morning in Faribault.

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Backup arrived and secured the scene. Two males ages 16 and 17 from Faribault were arrested for vehicle theft and taken to Many Rivers Juvenile Detention Center in Rochester; their case has been forwarded to the Mower County Attorney’s Office.

Four Austin teens — three females ages 14, 15 and 16 and a 16-year-old male — were released to responsible adults.

The owner of the Sebring, a 65-year-old man from Faribault, was making arrangements to pick up his vehicle.

The Faribault teens were reportedly coming to see friends in Austin.