Joyrider arrested after probation officer sees news

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A juvenile was arrested Tuesday for stealing and joyriding in a Grady transport van Jan. 23, police said.

Probation officer W. Crawford on Tuesday told Atlanta police he saw his 17-year-old probationer on Channel 2 Action News, after the station aired video surveillance footage of two young men in a stolen van.

Sgt. Warren Pickard, a spokesman for Atlanta police, said the van was stolen from the parking lot of the Family Dollar store at 3500 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW. The driver reportedly left his keys inside the vehicle — originally described by police as an ambulance — and was alerted to the theft by another customer.

Officer J.R. Young wrote in his initial report that the van didn’t appear damaged, but it “smelled very strongly of burnt marijuana.”


The officer asked the boy’s mother for permission to question him, and she said, “Yes,” according to the report.

Young said he read the juvenile his rights, which the boy said he understood and he also waived.

“I handed him a form, which had his rights on it for him to read,” Young wrote. “He also signed and dated that form waiving his rights. After doing so he confessed to taking the vehicle. Along with his confession he stated his brother was the passenger.”

His brother was the other occupant, the juvenile told Young, according to a police report.