Runaway Youth Commit Auto Thefts

(MT. VERNON, IL) — Authorities with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office indicate that two runaway youth from the Southern Thirty Adolescent Center stole several cars in the city and the county Wednesday evening. Reports indicate that after leaving the facility at 8:04 p.m., the youth were reportedly looking into homes and vehicles near the facility according to a witness report just minutes after. Sheriff’s reports indicate that the two have violent histories that include gun activity, car theft and battery. Between 8:15 p.m. Wednesday and 11:16 a.m. Thursday, reports of a 2013 Ford Escape, a black Lincoln, and a 2009 black Chevy Malibu were reported stolen and later recovered in Mt. Vernon and in Bluford.