SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP (WTXF) - A woman and teen are facing charges after some wild events overnight ended with a crash in someone's driveway. Police say it all started with a string of car break-ins.
"The vehicle itself was actually stolen out of Philadelphia and we also recovered a fully loaded handgun in the vehicle stolen out of Upper Darby," said Springfield Township Police Chief Joseph Daly
Crews also recovered 25-year-old Tylesha Cave who, remarkably, suffered only a scratch. They found the wallet of her apparent partner - a 16-year-old found on foot in the Springfield, Delaware County neighborhood that police say they were working after dark, allegedly stealing from unlocked cars.
"They had 70 to 80 dollars in change and keys from multiple vehicles. We're trying to connect all the dots," Chief Daly added.
They're both in big trouble.
"Took simple theft of a vehicle and turned it into reckless endangerment, if not attempted homicide," Chief Daly went on.
That charge from trying to mow down the neighbor who caught the 16-year-old rifling through cars and confronted him.
Chief Daly says Cave lost control and ended up in somebody's front yard when she circled back, either looking to pick up her alleged partner, or to run down the neighbor who caught them in a crime that continues to frustrate suburban police and is becoming more dangerous.
"I don't know what we can do anymore to get that message out, how important it is to lock your car," Chief Daly stated.
Neighboring Police Chief Anthony Paparo is launching something new in Yeadon. He just announced, on Twitter, "Mission Lock It Up." Free stickers will be available soon as reminders.
"It's reflective , waterproof. You can stick it on your car window or you can stick it on your front door, if you want. It gets people talking, it gets people to realize a simple measure can stop a crime" Chief Paparo said.