Three juveniles from Cherokee Village, Batesville and Piggott who had escaped from a detention center in Harrisburg were caught after they stole vehicles Jan. 12 from B and B Auto Sales in Mammoth Spring, said Mammoth Spring Police Chief Mike Davis.
The chief said the three males, ages 15, 17 and 16, escaped Jan. 11. They stole a 1989 Chevrolet four-wheel drive pickup truck valued at $5,000 and a Chevrolet Malibu valued at $9,000 from the car lot, Davis said.
The juveniles escaped from the center and stole a 1987 Toyota Camry and headed to Mammoth Spring, Davis said. The getaway car became disabled and the suspects parked it behind B and B Auto Sales, Davis said.
The trio forced open the front door of the dealership and took keys to the two other vehicles and traveled to Independence County, Davis said.
Capt. Bill Lindsey of the Independence County Sheriff's Office said a deputy clocked one of the juveniles traveling in the truck at 74 mph in a 55 mph speed zone on Central Avenue in Batesville.
The officer attempted to stop the vehicle but a chase ensued, Lindsey said. The pursuit lasted about 2 miles before the juvenile wrecked the truck, Lindsey said. He was transported to White River Medical Center where he was treated and released.
After authorities questioned the minor he admitted the truck he had been driving was stolen, Lindsey said. He told authorities when they stopped him he was trying to catch up to the Malibu which was occupied by the other two missing juveniles, Lindsey said.
The Independence County Sheriff's Office recovered the Malibu in west Batesville. When officers located the car the other two minors ran but were captured a few hours later.
All three suspects were transported to a juvenile center in Batesville.
Lindsey said the truck was totaled in the wreck.