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Teen who hid in stolen car was shot while attempting to steal another one, police say

A teenage boy was shot while apparently trying to steal a car, Belleville police said, but that was only after he’d successfully hidden from police in another stolen car earlier in the morning.

Pending investigation and due to the ages of those charged, Belleville police were able to offer few details on a series of events that occurred early Saturday morning.

Belleville police were called to the 200 block of Turning Leaf Circle for a report of a stolen vehicle at 2 a.m. Saturday. The owner told police that the passenger vehicle was stolen sometime after 6:30 p.m. Friday.

At about 4:45 a.m., East St. Louis police found the vehicle and took five people into custody. Those were two 19-year-old men, two 15-year-old boys and one 16 year-old girl. Not seen in the vehicle was another 15-year-old boy, who was apparently in the vehicle as it was towed to Belleville, where the suspect then fled.

Police say that same juvenile then tried to steal a vehicle in the 100 block of High Forest Drive. The homeowner saw the attempt and shot at the teen, grazing the boy and hitting his own vehicle. The boy ran, the report says.

Belleville police say they found the teen hiding and took him to the hospital, where he was treated and released into police custody. He sustained a wound to his upper chest and shoulder.

“While investigating the first (stolen vehicle), the second happened. And through the investigation we linked the two,” said Master Sgt. Todd Keilbach.

On Monday afternoon, Belleville police said that the three 15-year-old boys are in juvenile custody and have charges pending against them.

Police say the State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed the cases and released the two 19-year-old men and the 16-year-old girl. The others are being held at the St. Clair County Juvenile Detention Center.

The stolen vehicles and shooting remain under investigation.