AMSTERDAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Amsterdam police say they arrested three men from Florida on Friday after they broke into cars and fled the scene in a stolen vehicle.
The Amsterdam Police Department was alerted to keep an eye out for a black Hyundai that was reported committing larcenies from parked unoccupied vehicles, by smashing a window and stealing purses inside.
Shortly after, police say they located the Hyundai in the area and attempted to stop it.
In an attempt to flee the scene, police say the vehicle side swiped another vehicle in the intersection of Market and Division Streets, and ultimately lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a light pole.
Three occupants fled the scene, but were caught soon after by police.
Police say after an investigation, they learned the Hyundai was a 2017 Hyundai Sonata stolen in Florida, and the license plate was stolen from Amsterdam.
The same suspects were also found to be involved in similar larcenies in western New York.
The driver of the Hyundai, Demetris Jewel, 19, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital and was treated for minor injuries sustained in the crash.
Jewel was charged with criminal possession of stolen property, resisting arrest, unlawful fleeing a police officer, reckless driving, and numerous vehicle and traffic violations.
A passenger, Cleveland Johnson, 18, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., was charged with criminal possession of stolen property, and resisting arrest. Police say he was also a fugitive from Justice out of the state of Florida, where he has eight outstanding felony warrants.
The second passenger, an unidentified 17-year-old male also from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., was charged with criminal possession of stolen property and resisting arrest.
All three were held pending arraignment. The New York State Police assisted in the investigation as well.