Police arrested four 14-year-old boys Tuesday on charges of stealing two vehicles after the boys were allegedly seen driving one of the stolen cars around town.
A Mountain View resident called police on April 29 around 6:30 a.m. to report that his car, a 1989 Toyota Camry, had been stolen from his residence on the 1900 block of Latham Street. The same resident called police later that evening to say he had seen four boys driving his car on Toft Street near Castro Elementary School.
Police arrived on the scene to find the stolen vehicle along with another car, a 1991 Camry, which had also been reported missing that day from the 200 block of Rengstorff Ave.
Three of the four suspects ran into the schoolyard, police spokesperson Liz Wylie said, and the fourth stayed with the stolen vehicles. Police arrest him and set up a perimeter around the school, and soon detained the three other suspects. All four were charged with two counts each of vehicle theft.
The boys were released to their parents that evening, Wylie said, "because it was not a violent felony."