Skip to comments.Teenagers who found girl, 5, sleeping in abandoned stolen car are arrested THEMSELVES...
Posted on 12/18/2011 5:42:36 PM PST by naturalman1975
Two teenagers who spotted a five-year-old girl sleeping in a stolen car have told how they were arrested for 'doing the right thing' when they called police.
Tyler Thompson and Connor Roderick were held in custody for four hours and had their DNA and fingerprints taken.
Their clothes were also kept by police following the incident in St Helen Auckland, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham.
Now Tyler,16, and 18-year-old Connor plan to submit a complaint to the authorities about their treatment.
The teenagers were on their way to a shop to buy milk at about 10.15pm nine days ago when they found the abandoned red Skoda Fabia with its engine running.
It had been stolen from outside the Royal Chef Chinese takeaway in nearby Manor Road.
The driver had left his keys in the ignition while he went in to place an order and three youths were spotted driving the car away shortly after 10pm.
The friends recognised the car and while Connor ran to find the owner, Tyler spotted the young girl on the back seat and guarded the vehicle.
Connor then brought the police and the girl's father to the car where officers arrested them.
'We couldn't believe what was happening,' said Tyler. 'We hadn't done anything wrong. We thought we were doing the right thing but the police just didn't believe us. We were gutted.
'If we had left that car, I never would have been able to forgive myself if something had happened to that girl.'
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No good deed goes unpunished
I can appreciate the cops questioning them to ensure they weren’t child molesters or kidnappers or something, but to arrest them is only going to cause many people to walk away from such situations and some kids will die as a result.
I hope they don’t get life.
Way to go - a twofer; teach the citizenry never to encroach on the sacred ground of the police and turn two teenagers into cop haters.
My late Father’s old pickup truck was stolen out of his yard. The house was not occupied but it was kept up and any time some of our family visited, they would stay there.
I reported it stolen and a deputy came by. He kept acting a bit weird and asked me for my drivers license among other odd requests.
I almost just asked him what the hell was going on but didn’t say anything. Nothing more happened and it was never found but it did irritate the heck out of me.
Yes, I can’t see why the police needed to do more than take their names so if they needed to follow things up later, they could.
Alternate scenario, but not quite as strange.
Perps: “Well officer, we stole this car and abducted this little girl, so we called you up to show you where the car and the girl are.”
Cops: “Ok, just don’t do that any more, please. Now go away.”
The cop was an idiot.
Cops winning new supporters /s
Where I come from if you are "gutted" you can't talk about it.
They are way to non-minority looking to think they can get away without getting arrested.
That is probably the best explanation.
It was clear he suspected me of something but no scenario I could think of would have had me do something illegal then report Daddy’s pickup stolen.
From this article, it sounds reasonable. Three kids stole the car, and two kids help return it (and the girl, of course!). I can see the cops thinking they were part of the original three—maybe the two with consciences.
That’s always a possible scenario. One of the first things they teach at cop school is that anybody is capable of anything.
However, it wouldn’t have been necessary to arrest them, at this point. If the police had gotten the young men’s vitals at that point, the police could have let them go and picked them up later if it was warranted.
We had an incident in N.C. when a hunter found a body. They police detained him, told his wife he was having an affair,and told his employer he was a person of interest in a murder investigation. Never talk to the police.
Right before I got to the property, I saw a cop shooting radar, pulled up next to him and told him the story. I said that I would appreciate him going with me, so I could leave my pistol in the console, since he was wearing body armor, and I had a hangover.
He got there before I did.
We inspected and a few calls later, we figured out it was the former renter getting property out of the parking lot.
He never asked me ID (I did have keys) or said much of anything, but he let me go first into every room in the office area. ;)
I was glad he was there.
Many thanks to the UK police state /s
The police collected their fingerprints and DNA. The Brits have been on a tear for a universal database and maybe they used this as a pretext for mandatory collection.
CWHUP = Coppering with Head Up A**.
I had two large metal safes at the same house tho they were kept in the nearby outbuilding. I noticed them stolen and it would have taken at least two people a lot of time to have moved them.
When I reported it the deputy came out, took my information and said they would all keep an eye out for then as they were unusual looking. This one was friendly and simply took what info I gave him. He never even hinted at wanting to see my drivers license etc.
A little good PR would go far.
That’s not right.
That’s certainly possible. I know Britainisn’t as freedom minded as Canada or the US.
We went ahead and sold Mother and Daddy’s old place. It was sold at a pretty big amount under it’s normal value as the market is dead right now.
We were probably lucky to sell it at all right now but a guy made us an offer which was ridiculously low we countered with an amount which was still way below normal value but we wanted to go ahead and get if sold.
“Thats always a possible scenario. One of the first things they teach at cop school is that anybody is capable of anything.”
I would have thought the next thing they teach is to question the victims. Like the five year old? “Did these two boys kidnap you?”
****From this article, it sounds reasonable.****
Reasonable is the cops get their address, contact information and let them go. If these kids were involved and had a change in heart, how does treating them like criminals get them any closer to the instigators? If they were part of the gang that was at fault and turned them in, both excoriate and praise them in public.
This country has stood against much worse and used both hands to deal its way through.
Seems pretty harsh.
That's why you should NEVER TALK TO POLICE.
More like, “Crickey, mate! There’s a baby in this car! All of a sudden, we’re in deeper schmidt than just GTA.
(Waiting for anglophiles to tell me about my mix.)
Well then the two cops should have arrested each other. Can't be too careful, you know. Furthermore, anybody is capable of anything.
Please note the article dated the 18th said the incident happened 9 days earlier which would have been a Friday the 9th. When I was 16 or 18 I could go to the store at 2 am. In this small village in England on a Friday night, if the store is open, it seemed reasonable for older teenagers to go to get milk at 10PM.
They are taught that, so they don’t overlook possibilities, people who don’t fit the part, despite the evidence, like kindly grandmothers or women with angelic dispositions.
Sadly, true. I will never call the police or speak to an officer without an attorney present. No matter what. There is no point in reporting a crime any more in most cities in the US. The police will just harass you and cause you grief and make no attempt whatsoever to apprehend the perpetrator. A stolen car might be an exception for liability reasons but I do not own a car.
The story doesn’t make it clear who the girl was - the daughter of the man who owned the car, of the thieves, of someone they fenced the car to...
You are spot on.Arrogance also plays a major part in their decision making.
Just recently a man was sentenced to 3 yrs in jail for
possesing a weapon
Had found a sawed off shotgun in his year where had been
tossed by criminals
Took it to police station and was arrested for possesing a
Judge said didnt matter wasn’t his .......
True, but even more true for prosectors.
And where did this supposedly happen?
Sorry about your Mom.
May God bless and hold her in His arms
I seem to recall that sawed-off shotgun thing to. But I think it was in England as well.
Paul Clarke, 2009.
He was found guilty and given a 1 yr suspended sentence. The case caused anger here because the prosecution and judge chose to follow the strict letter of the law. Instead of actual Home Office guidelines which state that no civilian who tries to hand it in should be considered having ‘possessed’ the weapon.
The problem was that Clarke rather stupidly didnt call the police straight away, but set up a later meeting with a policeman he knew THEN handed it over. Therefore he was deemed to have ‘possessed’ the weapon and failed to immediately hand the weapon over to police.
My point is that I think I know what case he is talking about, and he’s remembering it wrongly and also doesn’t seem to be aware of all the facts. The man was not given a three year sentence, but a one year suspended sentence and if it hadn’t already been a convicted criminal who held onto the gun for a few days before handing it into police in a way that seemed deliberately designed to cause problems (telling a senior police officer he had a grudge against, “I have something for you” and pulling the weapon out suddenly - in America, where police are armed, I think he’d have had a good chance of getting shot with a stunt like that) he probably wouldn’t have been charged with anything at all.
Sad but true in these “interesting times”