Two teens face felony charges after police say they were driving a stolen car July 31, and fled after police tried to pull them over in the Whispering Pines community near Nassau.
Delaware State Police are still trying to determine whether the Lewes boy, 13, or the Rehoboth Beach boy, 16, was driving a stolen silver Kia Soul, said Sr. Cpl. Leonard DeMalto of the Delaware State Police, but the Kia was stolen sometime between 9:30 a.m., July 30, and 8 a.m., July 31, from The Plantations development in Lewes.
At 9:36 p.m., July 31, troopers on patrol saw the boys allegedly driving the Kia on Nassau Commons Boulevard, and while canvassing the area, police said, they spotted the teens wearing ski masks and driving into the Whispering Pines neighborhood.
Both teens fled on foot after abandoning the Kia on a dead-end street. Police found the 13-year-old hiding in a shed and took him into custody without incident. While searching the area for the 16-year-old, police said they contacted Sean Rodgers, 18, and Tonia Perkins, 18, at their home in the 31000 block of Maple Court, where police eventually found the 16-year-old boy.
Police said the couple repeatedly lied about the boy’s whereabouts. Rodgers was taken into custody and charged with felony hindering prosecution and given a citation for possession of personal use quantity of marijuana by a person under 21. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 3 and released on his own recognizance pending a later court date.
Police said they told Perkins that they would file a warrant for her arrest, and she turned herself in Aug. 1 to Troop 7, where she was charged with felony hindering prosecution. She was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 and released on her own recognizance pending a later court date.
The 13-year-old boy was charged with felony receiving stolen property, wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony, possession of marijuana by a person under 18, resisting arrest and third-degree criminal trespass. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 3 and released to the custody of a parent.
The 16-year-old boy was charged with felony receiving stolen property, wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony and resisting arrest. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 3 and released to the custody of a parent.