Juvenile With Warrant Arrested After Breaking Into Tustin Home, Stealing and Crashing Car: Police

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A teenager who was wanted by police was arrested in Tustin Thursday after breaking into a home and attempting to steal a vehicle before crashing it, police said.

The incident began when a resident on the 1400 block of Madison Street called 911 just after 5 a.m. to report she was home alone and someone was trying to break in, Tustin police said in a statement.

The suspected thief, a 17-year-old boy, was able to enter her home while she hid and eventually made his way into her garage.

He then sped the car out of the garage just as officers were arriving at the home, officials said. Upon seeing the officers, he continued driving down the street a few blocks before making a sharp turn around a corner, causing the car to lose control and crash, police said.

As it crashed, the car knocked over a street sign and damaged a home. A man living at that home named Kent told KTLA he "heard a loud bang at the front door" before discovering an unexpected sight right outside.

"[I] ran out and saw a Mercedes Benz in our front yard," he said.

The boy fled from the car and ran down the street, police said. A perimeter was set up to search for him as police swarmed the area.

He eventually hid between two homes before a canine sniffed him out, police said. He was then taken into custody.

Officials determined the teen had an active warrant for theft and gang activity. He was booked at Orange County Juvenile Hall.

Authorities cannot release his name due to his age.

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