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Boy charged with stealing truck from Woodstock driveway

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A boy has been charged with stealing a truck last week from a driveway in Woodstock.

Officers responded at 12:22 p.m. Friday to a call of a vehicle stolen in the 600 block of Dane Street, according to a statement from Woodstock police. Investigators learned the man had parked his Chevrolet truck, unlocked and with the keys inside in the driveway of his home about midnight the night before. When he went to use his car the next day, it was missing.

About three hours later, officers learned that a vehicle matching the description of the stolen truck had also stolen gas from the Kelley Williamson Mobil Gas Station at 1144 N. Seminary Ave., police said.

Just after 4 p.m. that same day, officers responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle driving erratically near Beech and Jewett streets. The caller said a male had parked a truck on the side of the road and ran from the intersection, police said. Officers identified the truck was the same vehicle stolen from Dane Street and then found the boy who had left the truck.

The boy, with “an extensive criminal history,” was also suspected of additional vehicle thefts in Woodstock reported within the last few weeks, according to police.

The boy was charged with trespassing to a motor vehicle, theft under $300, not having a valid driver’s license and disobeying a stop sign, police said. He was taken to the Kane County Juvenile Justice Center.