Five juveniles from Clermont County were taken into custody in Tennessee Friday, according to the sheriff’s office.
The group is accused in a string of vehicle thefts in Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee over a two-day period.
Deputy Chris Stratton said the crime spree started with three vehicle thefts in Stonelick Township, Union Township and Williamsburg.
After that, the underage suspects allegedly stole a truck in Grant County and continued driving south. Authorities eventually located the group in Jefferson County, Tennessee – about 30 miles east of Knoxville.
A woman who identified herself as one of the suspects’ mothers said her two teenage sons walked out of Clermont Northeastern school mid-day Thursday. She said she planned to file a missing persons report until the sheriff’s office informed her that the boys were suspected in the multi-state thefts.
Detectives from the County Sheriff’s Office have filed one count of Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle, a felony of the fourth degree, on each of the juveniles involved.
The juveniles will remain in the custody of Jefferson County Tennessee pending extradition back to Ohio.
This is a multi-jurisdictional investigation that remains ongoing. This investigation will be discussed in its entirety with the Clermont County Prosecutor’s Office and additional charges are expected.