KOUTS | A boy who ran away from the Midwest Center for Youth and Families told police he took a pickup truck so he could visit his girlfriend.
Police were called about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday about a blue GMC pickup truck that was stolen from in front of a home in the 400 block of Woodland Avenue in Kouts.
A Porter County sheriff’s officer about 8 p.m. reported seeing the pickup truck in the area of Ind. 8 and Ind. 2.
The officer said he followed the truck and verified it was the truck that was reported stolen.
The officer initiated a traffic stop on Ind. 2 near the Lake County line.
Police said the officer held the driver at gunpoint until other officers arrived to take the boy into custody.
The boy, whose age wasn’t released, told police he ran away from the Midwest Center for Youth and Families, a residential program that treats youth with behavioral and mental health problems, and came across the truck, which was unlocked and had the keys inside.
He told police he was driving to Lowell to visit his girlfriend and was planning to drive the truck to his hometown in Syracuse.
He faces potential charges of auto theft, possession of stolen property and criminal mischief.
He was released back to the staff at Midwest Center for Youth.