Car theft

Surveillance footage shows some of the suspects in a vehicle theft on Amstel Avenue.

Police are searching for five teens who stole an occupied vehicle in Newark last week.

The incident happened just before 10 p.m. July 16 on Amstel Avenue, near South Main Street, according to Lt. Andrew Rubin, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department.

The driver left his car running while he ran into a nearby restaurant to buy food. His friend was in the rear passenger seat of the car.

“A suspect entered the vehicle on the passenger side, apparently not realizing that there was a person in the rear of the vehicle,” Rubin said. “At that time, multiple other suspects entered the vehicle, and the passenger attempted to stop them from taking the vehicle by pushing them away.”

The passenger eventually got out, and the suspects drove away in the stolen car. The car was recovered July 18 on Pulaski Highway.

Detectives believe the suspects arrived in Newark in a car they had stolen in Wilmington an hour earlier. That car was found abandoned at the intersection of Amstel Avenue and South College Avenue.

The suspects were described as five black males in their teens. Some were wearing a ski mask or face covering.

No one was injured, and no weapons were used.

Anyone with information about the theft should contact Officer Jean Almonte at 302-366-7100, ext. 3481, or jalmonte@newark.de.us.

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